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These 20 pro sports celebrities have York County ties

York County, Pa., has produced its second NFL Hall of Famer – Ron Wolf. Here, he is seen in this Associated Press photo with a bust of  himself. That’s his son, Eliot, at his induction ceremony last weekend. York County’s … Continue reading

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Gen. Jacob Loucks Devers as a post-war celebrity: ‘I was very excited and proud to get his autograph’

Gen. Jacob Loucks Devers was not only a ranking general in the European Theater in World War II. After the war, this York County, Pa., native and four-star general became a celebrity around his home county. York countian Carole (Gosnell) Canonico, for one, collected his autograph, as seen here on her 1963 York High ‘Tattler’ cover page.

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Hanover at night photograph: A wonderful, colorful lead-in to the Evening Sun’s 100th anniversary

This engaging scene is downtown Hanover at night. Specifically, the Evening Sun photographer was aiming for – and captured – the news organization’s new digs. It’s the building with the fan-shaped, second-story window known to many as the former Tanger Hardware building.

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Hanover Branch Railroad provided way to get iron ore to market – and Lincoln to Gettysburg

The late Roger Shaffer was an expert on his home area of Hanover Junction – and beyond. He left behind a body of work that tells us much about that important junction of the Hanover Branch Railroad and the Northern Central Railway (now the York County Heritage Rail Trail) and its successor railroads. The current edition of the Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society newsletter carries three articles penned by Shaffer that go beyond the well-known stories of how Abraham Lincoln passed to and from Gettysburg along this line. ‘The “Item” Review’ published this photo of an ore mine along the Hanover Branch that operated between 1850 and 1880. The Strickhouser Station stop along the Hanover Branch served as a shipping point for ore taken from such mines.

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Penn Park field, York, Pa.’s, first known ballpark: Then & now.

Linked in/Neat stuff:  ‘Pennsylvania Barn Stories’/Stewartstown RR rolls again   Spring will eventually get here – and so will baseball. Which brings us to a then-and-now scene. This is York, Pa.’s, first known baseball stadium, Penn Park field. It spread out at … Continue reading

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Young violinist at The Strand: Surely this is York, Pa., at its best

Linked in/Neat stuff: Jon Witman’s gold medal in track/Rob Evans, National Gallery This last-weekend Jason Plotkin photo brings together many themes related to York, Pa., and the many efforts toward its rebirth. A young person. Downtown. In the Arts District. Unleashing … Continue reading

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York County, Pa.: 10 leads to get to know it – or to get to know it better

This photo says more than 1,000 words. It shows York City’s best hope as defined by districts – the Stadium District (center), Northwest Triangle (at top right marked by the railroad bridges) and the Market/Arts District, top left. Recently, two … Continue reading

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Red Lion Country Club: A short history of this longtime landmark, damaged by fire today

An early morning fire badly damaged the old Red Lion Country Club building.This 1956 clipping, from York County Heritage Trust files, shows one of the improvements to the York Township building. Like the Hanover Country Club’s Abbottown location, the Red Lion Country Club has sat on land originally purchased in 1937. The club has not operated as such for several years and is currently owned – and placed up for sale – by the Red Lion School District.

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Old Smyser-Royer building’s rebirth is one of York, Pa.’s, brightest success stories

Linked in/Neat stuff: Lefty George’s number?/Powwowing, Lancaster County style Artist Cliff Satterthwaite sent in this undated photograph from a color slide (remember those) of a mystery building. Well, the car in this picture indicates it was from the 1960s or 1970s. And … Continue reading

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A big week for York County, Pa., sports: Ron Wolf, Bruce Arians and John Kuhn score national honors

New Freedom, Pa.’s Ron Wolf is seen with new Green Bay Packers head coach Mike Sherman in 2000. Wolf has gained a spot in the NFL Hall of Fame, the second person with York County roots to do so. York High’s Chris Doleman was voted in last year.

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