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Royal Square projects taking a kingly spot in York, Pa., headlines

The stories just keep peeling off the press – and appearing online – about Royal Square Development’s projects around the city. The most recent proposal calls for beautification in Royal Square’s original district in and around Duke and King streets. … Continue reading

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York, Pa.’s own Snow Horizontal Cross Compound Pumping Engine installed in new Bethlehem museum

The big pump has some amazing stats, according to a York, Pa., Daily Record story: Weight, 115 tons; Daily pumping capacity, 8 million gallons a day; years in active use by the York Water Co., 1914-1956; and foundation size in new home, 78 cubic yards of concrete. The new home for this Snow Horizontal Cross Compound Pumping Engine is the National Museum of Industrial History under construction in Bethlehem. York County’s Agricultural and Industrial Museum has a big pump, too, a vertical compressor from York Corporation, now Johnson Controls. And a twin of this pumping engine resides today in the York Water Co.’s pumping station.

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Northern Maryland photographer: Chesapeake Bay ‘more solidly frozen than I’ve seen in thirty years’

‘The Bay is more solidly frozen than I’ve seen it in the thirty years I’ve live(d) around here,’ Maryland resident Don McClure wrote on Facebook about the region where the Susquehanna River meets up with the Chesapeake Bay. It was a cold February when Don McClure, a photographer whose work ofen has appeared on YorkTownSquare, wrote this. March is starting that way, too.

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When residents admire York County architecture, they put church buildings on their most-viewed lists

York countians love to talk about the wonderful architecture around here. And they also are eager to engage when significant architecture is found in houses of worship. In fact, church buildings are among York County, Pa.’s, most best-known and admired architectural prizes. This one, for example. The way the congregation lights it up – a beacon to motorists driving along Interstate 83 and the old Lincoln Highway.

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York, Pa.’s grand Lady Linden: The city house built by farm harvesting machinery

Yes, the Lady Linden. And a grand lady she is. Queen of The Avenues, a neighborhood that grew along the trolley line that ran from York, Pa.’s Continental Square to Dover. As this Picturing History slider shows, at left is the Lady Linden, an 1887 Queen Anne house on Linden Avenue in York, circa 1890. And at right, the Lady Linden, now a bed and breakfast, is seen in a late 2014. The Lady Linden’s website gives this brief history: ‘Lady Linden was built in 1887 for industrialist Samuel Nevin Hench. He and his business partner, Walker A. Dromgold, came to York from Perry County in 1878 to manufacture farm harvesting implements for steam tractors and horse drawn. Many of these items were of their own design and patent and were shipped to international destinations. They built their houses side by side with the same design footprint here on Linden Avenue and raised their families here. Both these gentlemen were very active in the community and family members remained here until 1920.”

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York County, Pa., residents love Pennsylvania Dutch food. We like to talk about it, too.

York countians like to comment on buildings, that’s proven by their engagement on Facebook. But we like to eat, and we like to share, like and comment about those delicacies that are distinctively Pennsylvania Dutch and York County, Pa.

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If you’ve ever wanted to buy a Golden Swan, here’s your chance in York, Pa.

The Golden Swan building, left, is for sale. This 200-year-old fixture on the southeast corner of York, Pa.’s Continental Square is listed for $605,000. ‘In addition to its views looking over Continental Square, the nearly 9,800 square-foot building has hardwood … Continue reading

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Pesky rapids in the Susquehanna? York Haven canal smoothed that rough patch in 1797

Stephen H. Smith, in his YorksPast blog, is making wonderful contributions to our understanding of York County, Pa. In this graphic, he addresses a topic I’ve always pondered: Where actually was the canal at York Haven. Here he shows us – and in this Yorkspast post, he explains many things about the man-made waterway. The canal by-passed rapids in the Susquehanna River and fed commerce in York Haven and the lower Susquehanna starting in the late 1700s. Stephen gives this excellent summary: ‘The canal was about one mile long, hugging the York County bank of the Susquehanna River from the top of the Conewago Falls, downriver to two locks at the lower end, near present day York Haven; all required so that river traffic could negotiate the 19-foot drop of the Conewago Falls.’

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This landmark Emigsville building has been consumed with food for a century or more

Linked in/Neat stuff: ‘The Tinker’/All roads lead from York, Pa. Many people know this landmark structure in Emigsville as the ‘My Favorite Deli.’ But way before that, the building served as a Grange Hall.  One hundred years ago in York County … Continue reading

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High design, 1700s style in York County, Pa.: Vaulted cellar ceilings

Some immediately assign a vaulted ceiling, as seen here, to a stop on the Underground Railroad. But this was a common design feature in very old homes around York, Pa., including this 18th-century structure. Can you place this scene? Hint: No, it’s the the Stone Mill in southwestern York County. In fact, this structure never was a mill.

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