Category Archives: School days

For preservationists, not a great day when this York, Pa., landmark came down

We like to keep readers up to date on the changing landscape of York County. It’s not just for readers of YorkTownSquare.com living in the ends of the earth. York County has a lot of acreage, so it’s hard to see everything coming down – or going up. So this photo is part of a news quiz of several structures that have been demolished in recently months – or in this case – years. This is the only historic building that’s part of the quiz. Can you locate it?

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Digging York County’s Camp Security: Spanish silver coin dated 1780

The dig continues at Springettsbury Township’s Camp Security, the prisoner-of-war camp that detained British prisoners from 1781-83. That Spanish silver coin, for example.

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York, Pa.’s, unforgettable landmark: Lincoln Highway Garage

Linked in/Neat stuff: Digging at Camp Security/Question about one-room  school The Lincoln Highway Garage was an often-photographed landmark in the York area. And why not? It went back to the early days of the Lincoln Highway, opening for business in … Continue reading

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Check out this bird’s-eye view of a young Susquehannock High School

This aerial view shows Susquehannock High School in its early years. The high school came as part of the consolidations of York County and other Pennsylvania schools in the 1950s. Interestingly, York-based Buchart-Horn/BASCO Associaties (as it’s known today) designed this school and many others around its home county. In company history ‘Breaking Ground,’ Georg Sheets’ list of B-H high school buildings includes: York Suburban, Central, Spring Grove, Eastern, Northeastern and Red Lion. Susquehannock’s grounds are instructive. Fissel’s, a one-room school put out of business by consolidation, was left standing near the state-of-the-art Susquehannock High School. So there’s an intriguing generational contrast.

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Versatile Dempwolfs designed York, Pa., mansions – and carriage houses

Linked in/Neat stuff: Dr. Charles Drawbaugh feted/History mystery rocks The work of Dianne Bowders appears again on YorkTownSquare. This one captures a familiar Dempwolf design in York, Pa. But not a mansion this time. Here is the York Township resident’s … Continue reading

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These 10 York County history topics are graduate theses waiting to happen, Part II

This photo does what it was meant to do: Capture York, Pa.’s, industrial might in World War II. With this many execs in command and the York Plan in high gear, the Allies would win against the Axis threat. (When … Continue reading

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These York County history topics are graduate theses waiting to happen

One-room schools intrigue and captivate York countians. More work is needed to inventory and identify these 300 or more sturdy structures that were a way of life in York County, Pa., from the 1830s to the 1950s. Here is one such school. Glen Rock’s John ‘Otts’ Hufnagel studied the whereabouts of this old school, identified it as Snyder’s School. It was located off Route 216.

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It’s a History Mystery! Photos/stories score well on Facebook, other social media

Post by York Daily Record/Sunday News.   Twice a day, seven days a week, I put up History Mystery photos on YDR’s Facebook page. One example is above and others below. I do this for several reasons YDR’s Facebook page … Continue reading

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Job of York Gazette & Daily journalists in 1960s: ‘Trying to help underdogs’

This photo of a giant York, Pa., sunflower came from the camera of Gazette and Daily photographer Carol Innerst. The reporter and photographer worked on the York daily’s staff in the 1960s, before moving on to metropolitan newspapers. By the … Continue reading

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History mystery solved: The site of York County’s Shultz one-room school

Yorkblogger Stephen H. Smith provided this Bing.com bird’s-eye image the old Shultz schoolhouse, now a residence on the southeast corner of the intersection of Knights View and Trinity Church roads in Lower Windsor Township. He provided this research after a reader query.

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