When you enjoy this view from Chickies Rock, how how high above the Susquehanna are you?

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How high is Chickies Rock, across the Susquehanna River from eastern York County in Lancaster County? The Chickies Rock County Park website lists it at 100 feet. When you’re up there – as was the York, Pa., Daily Record’s Anthony Machcinski in capturing this impressive view – it seems higher than 100 feet. Then you hear of two climbers scaling 3,000-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in California and you realize their accomplishment. Here’s the county park’s thumbnail explanation of Chickies Rock: ‘The most notable feature in the park is Chickies Rock, a massive outcropping of quartzite rock towering 100 feet above the river. The vista offers impressive views of York county, the borough of Marietta, and farmlands of northwestern Lancaster County. Chickies Rock County Park is also a collection of historical treasures. The area once boasted seven iron furnaces and rolling mills, a canal and a local trolley line. Remnants of several furnaces, canal walls, and trolley-line grades are still visible.’ Also of interest: The view from Chickies Rock: Little Pittsburgh on the banks of the Susquehanna River?

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Stephen H. Smith, over at YorksPast, introduced a building type that I never ran across – a mill warehouse. Continue reading “When you enjoy this view from Chickies Rock, how how high above the Susquehanna are you?” »

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Scenic Hanover Junction: ‘Awesome horse and rider sculpture … on the Rail Trail’

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Dover’s Teanna Byerts grabbed this scene along the York County Heritage Rail Trail in Hanover Junction. She writes this about the sculpture: ‘Awesome horse and rider sculpture at Hanover Junction on the Rail Trail. It’s made of recycled “junk.”‘ Indeed, in 1863, Confederate horses and riders swarmed Hanover Junction. Today, you can see horses and riders on or along the rail trail. But the scene below, another Teanna Byerts submission to the YDR’s Your Photos gallery site, shows another form of transportation along the rail trail … . Also of interest: Did Abe Lincoln see this Hanover Junction clock?

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Let’s just call Hellam Township’s Jim Mack’s a sanctuary for people

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The official name is Jim Mack’s Ice Cream/Cones and Clubs, but locally everyone calls it Mack’s or Jim Mack’s. And it’s home to Little Ricki, an 18-year-old female bear, its mascot for the past 16 years. Mack’s is a local institution that has gained a spot in international news after being on the receiving end of a public-nuisance civil suit. The plaintiffs are concerned about Ricki’s care and want her moved to a bear sanctuary. Also of interest: Mack’s is short for McDaniel’s, but in York County it means ice cream, Part I.

It was one of those warm, late summer evenings in the Wrightsville area with a brilliant sunset and all.

The outside area of John Wright Restaurant was hopping. Maybe there was a Penn State game on TV or homecoming at a local high school. Or maybe the eatery’s lawn is always like this in nice weather.

Down river at Long Level, the people strolled the grounds of the  Zimmerman Center for Heritage. A boater motored in to look at the interpretive plaques. Everyone sampled that dock floating in the Susquehanna.

Then above all this – up on Highpoint – maybe 15 people enjoyed the panoramic view, complete with brilliant sunset.

Toward the river, there must have been a wedding over at the Lauxmont Mansion, its buzz drifted over to Highpoint. To the west – at Eastern York High School – the stadium lights illuminated that hilltop.

And the lights of Wrightsville and Hellam Township were popping on to the north.

Eastern York County was alive that night.

But no place was more so than Jim Mack’s Ice Cream, the evening capstone for hundreds of people that evening – as it is every night in good weather. Continue reading “Let’s just call Hellam Township’s Jim Mack’s a sanctuary for people” »

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York, Pa., artist documented interesting off-the-beaten path sites

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 This is why Cliff Satterthwaite’s documentary artwork is so important. The now-Virginia-based artist captured this scene at the Children’s Home of York and hundreds of other scenes around York County from the 1950s to the 1980s. The Children’s Home then stood at Pine and Philadelphia, at right in this scene. But the home and its grounds have given way to a small shopping center and a high-rise apartment complex. As here, the artist sometimes showed scenes off the main roads – in alleys such as Clarke Avenue. Here’s another example: An art show on Clarke. More drawings in the Cliff Satterthwaite category. Also of interest: Check out this still photograph of the now-demolished Children’s Home.  

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Roy Flinchbaugh has been a welcome emailer for years, providing all kinds of useful insights.

Here’s a  recent email about his own experiences with powwowing that came in response to my York Sunday News column/YorkTownSquare.com blog post about a local pow-wower, Jacob Zellers: Continue reading “York, Pa., artist documented interesting off-the-beaten path sites” »

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York County, Pa., History Mystery: This old, historic iron bridge intrigues people

Who would’ve thought that an old iron bridge would have generated so much interest. (Check out the likes, comments and shares ). But its popularity just reflects that many people have seen it, driven under it or dared to walk across it. And of course, this is not just any iron bridge. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places. York County is home to hundreds of bridges with its many railroads, roads and its well-watered terrain. But this one is a special one. Also of interest: Do you want to own a bridge? Here’s an example of one purchased from the state. And how it came about.

Check out 6 more History Mystery quizzes from York Daily Record’s Facebook Page … .

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Winter in Wrightsville, Pa.: ‘The sunset here is always awesome’

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‘Sometimes risking frostbite is worth it,’ the York, Pa., Daily Record’s Anthony Machcinski tweeted. He came away with this lovely photograph. He was in downstream from Veterans Memorial Bridge in Wrightsville, on the Susquehanna River. ‘As for what drew me to the scene,’ he wrote, ‘Wrightsville has always been beautiful to me from the minute I first stepped into it (actually stopped here at a local gas station on the way back from my first interview, not realizing I’d end up living here.) The sunset here is always awesome. In the summer, the sunset goes over High Point and creates a neat effect, but it shifts a bit in the winter and ends up shining over a lot of the houses here.’ See another Machcinski picture and more of his description below. Also of interest: 5 image explore Wrightsville’s bridgehead – upstream and down.

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York’s Arts District all lit up: Surely this is York County, Pa., at its best

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Ah, all kinds of activity recently in York, Pa.’s, growing Arts District, as York Daily Record photographer Kate Penn shows here. The thing that brought out the numbers most recently was YorkArts’ Le petite Monster Drawing Rally. There, artists created work from a scratch start in 25 minutes as part of the public phase of YorkArts’ $1.3 million capital campaign. Surely, this is York County, Pa., at its best. (Below, see the time-lapse video of noted artist and furniture designer Peter Danko creating his art.) Also of interest: The art and soul of York County from the air.

As YorkTownSquare readers know, we closely follow York County’s arts community.

Our great artists – Lewis Miller, William Wagner, Stephen Etnier – have done much in documenting York County life and telling the county’s story in their day. Some in the present-day art community are doing the same, so it’s important to watch their work.

And YorkTownSquare also writes about nationally or regionally prominent artisans and personalities.

Peter Danko was one of the Monster Drawing Rally participants in that category.

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A community celebrates at Central Market: Surely, this is York County, Pa., at its best

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Surely, this is York County, Pa., at its best. The community came together for a New Year’s celebration at Central Market. For years, the market’s hours were limited to market day. Now, this gathering place serves as such on other days – and nights. In its early years, 125-plus years ago, it served as a place for conventions and religious services and more. So the recent use of the market house for celebrations – coming together moments – such as this one represents change for the better. A freely available venue such as this promotes community. This photo, by the YDR’s Jason Plotkin, has served as the cover photo for the York Daily Record’s Facebook page since New Year’s. Btw, we realize we posted a ‘York County at its best’ photo in the last YorkTownSquare post. And we might have one next post. (We did.) When we run across photos that say a lot about York County’s goodness, you’ll find them on this blog. (Past posts in this category: York County at its best.) Also of interest: York’s Central Market should be used for all kinds of things.

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Linda Blakeney reached out from the United Kingdom with a question about York, Pa.

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At home in Emigsville. Surely, this is York County, Pa. at its best

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This is just a good picture. Emigsville looking down on High and St. Mark streets in December 2013. Surely, this is York County at its best. It comes from the camera of the York, Pa., Daily Record’s Paul Kuehnel, who lives in this Manchester Township neighborhood. This scene provides the top piece for The Emigsville Heritage Project,  a community website that Paul has operated with since 2006. It features some wonderful Kuehnel photogs from around town. Also of interest:  Transportation-oriented Emigsville a walkable York-area community with lots of community.

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Two bibliographies that may interest you:

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This York County witch doctor schooled scientists about powwowing in early 1930s

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York countian Jacob Zellers spoke to an American University class about ‘charms, cures and curses’ circa 1931. He made a distinction between powwowing and other ‘good influences,’ and witchcraft and hexing, both ‘bad influences.’ A reporter sat in on the class, and this story appeared in The Philadelphia Record and other newspapers after the Hex Murder and its subsequent trials in 1928-29. Also of interest: Check out these stories and photos of York County’s Hex Murder and trials.

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Many points fascinate people about the Hex Murder of 1928 and the resulting trial for the three assailants who killed Nelson Rehmeyer, a suspected witch.
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