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Famed York Barbell Club still famous: Linked in with neat York County history stuff, Aug. 9, 2012

More neat stuff below: Conowingo Dam/York Galleria/Farmers markets Bob Hoffman’s Olympic weightlifters who put York Barbell and York County on the body building map? Many have died, so who is the oldest living living Olympic gold medalist in weightlifting? A … Continue reading

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Linden Avenue interesting mix of residential, industrial – Linked in with neat York County history stuff, Aug. 3, 2012

More neat stuff below: Jeff Koons/Shrewsbury camp meeting site/Bad weather Linden Avenue in Northwest York was an interesting blend of residential and industrial. That wasn’t a coincidence. Linden, in the Avenues, provided homes for workers and execs of nearby industries. … Continue reading

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Declaration of Independence signer James Smith to be honored – Linked in with neat York County history stuff, June 25, 2012

The annual reading of the Declaration of Independence is set for James Smith’s gravesite in the First Presbyterian Church cemetery.

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Roadside Giant, York Barbell man: He’s not going anywhere over the long term

The Barbell Man at York Barbell is back from rehab and hoisted to it normal rotating perch greeting motorists along 83. This York Daily Record/Sunday News video shows his ride to his stand atop York Barbell. Also of interest: All … Continue reading

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Bodybuilding novel weaves York Barbell legends, York, Pa., into story

Legacy of Iron York, Pa., plays a role in historical novels written by Brooks Kubik. ‘Legacy of Iron’ and ‘Clouds of War’ are available via the Web. York Barbell legend Tommy Kono wrote this testimonial about Kubik’s work: “Great book! … Continue reading

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Who are these York County, Pa., people in silhouette?

Jim Rudisill’s artwork York County, Pa., artist/historian Jim Rudisill’s silhouette artwork will appear on the cover of York County, Pa., Heritage Trust scholarly historical journal set for publication in September. Can you tell the prominent local folks the artist captured … Continue reading

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Obscure F.O.E. building to become colorful beacon of York, Pa.’s renaissance

York, Pa.’s West Philadelphia Street F.O.E. – Fraternal Order of Eagles – Lodge, seen in this rendering, will be transformed into an art gallery under a $4 million state grant brought to York as part of the Governor’s Awards for … Continue reading

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York County, Pa. made big, heavy things – and was immensely proud of it, Part II

When this Evening Sun in Hanover, Pa., photo was produced in 2008, about 16,000 pounds of potato chips per hour rolled off the lines at Utz Quality Foods’ High Street plant in Hanover. Earlier this year, a deal in which … Continue reading

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York Barbell’s tall, heavyweight lifter has long helped put York County on the map

A worker with Continental Signs cuts the weights off the familiar statue along Interstate 83 in 2002. The 13-foot-tall, 1,000-pound statue has signaled the York Barbell building since the 1960s. Wind disabled the motor that rotates the statue north of … Continue reading

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York, Pa.’s link to the use of steroids in sports: ‘Pecs, pink pills and power’

John D. Fair’s book “Muscletown USA” gives insight into the role played by Bob Hoffman of York Barbell in the use of steroids in sports. Background posts: Who were most prominent 20th-century sports heroes in York and Adams counties? and … Continue reading

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