Category Archives: Small-town life

These big mysterious, metal, mechanical machines went out of style in York County, Pa., a decade ago

This might seem like an easy History Mystery quiz, but it’s been about 10 years since these big metal boxes were taken out of service in York County, Pa. Time passes fast. They were sold in 2006 after their electronic replacements successfully operated earlier that year. So a partial generation of folks never had the opportunity to use these mechanical machines. OK, what are these?

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York County filled with diverse museums with their slate clocks, slate boards, prison bars and old cabooses

Delta’s Old Line Museum displays artifacts that tell about this southeastern York County, Pa.’s, diverse history – from Welsh slate mining to Ma & Pa Railroad history. Its inside prize is the slate clock – the Humphrey Pritchard clock. Its … Continue reading

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6 views of New Freedom, Pa., a pleasant town of travelers, past and present

Until the last part of the 20th century, New Freedom was a relatively self-contained railroad town. As did several York County towns, it had its own theater, now Bonkey’s Ice Cream. So it remains a popular meeting place in the … Continue reading

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This cityscape art featuring York’s Central Market hangs in … York’s Central Market

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: Big auction in Biglerville/An archives awaiting discovery Yes, there’s artwork popping up everywhere around the city of York, Pa. And the art pictured here is appropriately in the Market/Arts District.  Penn Mar Human Services recently assembled … Continue reading

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Gettysburg 152: Commemorating the battle on land – and sea

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: Fissel’s one-room school open house/Eagle Cam shutting down Gettysburg is landlocked, but The Evening Sun in Hanover found a neat way to tie this historic town and its battle to the sea: Several years ago, the … Continue reading

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Above Jefferson, Pa.: Memorable lunch break brings 2 neat aerial views of borough’s square

Some month ago, Eric Krebs provided us with an aerial look at Jefferson’s Square at Christmas. He’s come through again, with two daylight views of the neat green area in the middle of this southwestern York County borough. In this phot, his camera is pointed from east to west. Below, he captures the square at a lower elevation, or at least with a stronger lens. The square was in the news recently after a longtime exhibit there – a World War I cannon – was restored and remounted in this green area.

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Old blue Conrail caboose in Red Lion to receive a good sandblasting – and a coat of red paint

Linked in/Neat stuff: Digging under York’s train station/George Sheets’ book coming out in fall Crews prepare to move the old Conrail caboose stored near Dallastown to the Red Lion train station. The late-1940s or early 1950s cab has been sitting … Continue reading

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Glen Rock’s Ruins Hall: What was on that site that became ruins?

Ruins Hall is a new event venue in Glen Rock, Pa. In fact, such an event is schedule for Saturday, May 30. That’s the Glen Rock Arts and Brewfest.
‘The concrete structure (of Ruins Hall) lends itself to being a good event space for block parties and live music festivals,’ an event organizer told FlipSidePa. So a question that emerges: What was on this site that became ruins?

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Shrewsbury Trotting and Driving Association’s track spread out on borough’s north side

The York Fairgrounds was not the only such track for harness racing in York County, Pa. This track, north of Shrewsbury, closed about 100 years ago. But in its day, it was a coming-together place for that part of southern … Continue reading

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Pa. orchards, vintage car, driver with pipe: Surely, this is York/Adams at its best

Linked in/Neat stuff: Is York’s downtown safe?/Where is this Vietnam memorial? There’s something about this photo by Clare Becker of the Evening Sun in Hanover that makes you pause to take it all in. And then pause to take in … Continue reading

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