For preservationists, not a great day when this York, Pa., landmark came down

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We like to keep readers up to date on the changing landscape of York County. It’s not just for readers of  YorkTownSquare.com living in the ends of the earth. York County has a lot of acreage, so it’s hard to see everything coming down – or going up. So this photo is part of a news quiz of several structures that have been demolished in recently months – or in this case – years. This is the only historic building that’s part of the quiz. Can you locate it? It is admittedly a bit difficult to ID this, but for preservationists, this image might be burned into your minds. (See another photo and the answer below). Also of interest: Check out these quizzes and (fun) tests.

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Ye York Valley Inn scrubbed up well for noted artist

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Springettsbury Township’s York Valley Inn went up before 1750 to serve travelers in wagons moving from east to west, and it came down in the 1960s because of those travelers in automobiles needed more road, and many travelers had stayed ‘a while’ and turned into shoppers. Those sprawling shopping centers – the York Mall in this case – needed parking space. The old inn scrubbed up well here for artist Cliff Satterthwaite. Check out the photograph he perhaps used to inform him in paint this scene below. Also of interest: When the old York Valley Inn stood in Springettsbury Township.

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History Mystery quiz: Limited response shows York countians forget our heroes so easily

We appreciate those who responded to this History Mystery question on both the York Daily Record’s and my own Facebook page. But there were so few who tried! This York, Pa., artist’s work has been reproduced in books around the world because of his accurate documentation of 19th-century American life. He was York County’s best-known artist until Jeff Koons came along. But we do forget our people of accomplishment so easily. Perhaps an upcoming book on people he portrayed  will bring his life, times and work back into public view. Meanwhile, please take this quiz and the 5 below. See how you do. Answers can be found via the ‘goo.gl’ links. Also of interest: Check out these past quizzes and (fun) tests and These posts show the work of past York County artists.

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History Mystery quiz, Part II: What was John Wilkes Booth’s connection to York, Pa.?

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A YorkTownSquare.com story about John Wilkes Booth’s connection to York, Pa. drew many comments and likes on Facebook. It also brought forth this photograph of his birth place, Tudor Hall, from Harford County, Md.’s Don McClure (my brother and a talented photographer). He noted that the historic site is east of Belair, just off MD 22, near Churchville. That’s really not far from the York County line, about 20 miles. Abraham Lincoln’s assassin; his brother, Edwin; and their family made quite an impression on the greater Baltimore area. Check out this tour of sites relating to the Booth family. This Facebook page tells about tours of Tudor Hall. Also of interest: Northern Maryland’s Eden Mill Nature Center offers high dam, intact mill.

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Adding York County sites to Underground Railroad list would help show ‘This place matters’

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The National Park Service’s Underground Railroad Network to Freedom has added another Lancaster County site  to its roster. The remains of the Columbia/Wrightsville Bridge, seen upriver from the Veterans Memorial Bridge in this photo, are part of this approved list. Ruins of the locks and dam of the Pennsylvania Canal, on Columbia Borough-owned land north of the Rt. 462 bridge, are also part of the list, according to historical consultant Randy Harris. This aerial photo is looking west toward Wrightsville on the York County side of the Susquehanna River. Also of interest: Plans for Veterans Memorial Bridge moving along.

Lancaster County recently gained an eighth spot on the National Park Service’s Underground Railroad Network to Freedom list.

That’s the most of any county in the state, according to historic consultant Randy Harris, who coordinated the application.

York County appears twice on the Network to Freedom’s list: the William C. Goodridge House and the Willis House. Continue reading “Adding York County sites to Underground Railroad list would help show ‘This place matters’” »

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In Red Lion: Working on the Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad, Part II

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The upcoming holiday season represents a favorite time to see model train displays around York County, Pa. Here’s a permanent display, a look at the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad line. It’s in the Red Lion Train Station Model Railroaders Club in the Red Lion Area Historical Society’s Ma & Pa Railroad Station Museum. There’s some real railroad work going on outside. A section measuring 190 feet of the old line is being restored near the station, as this YDR story details. Also of interest: In Red Lion: Working on the Ma & Pa Railroad.

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Eric Conner of Lancaster has a large collection of Pennsylvania gubernatorial memorabilia.

He has some stuff, of course, from the current Corbett-Wolf campaign. His collection goes back to 1820.

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These old York County steps, Part 6: Where did they lead?

Linked in/Neat stuff: York Valley Inn’s attic/Mike Waugh’s drawing of York County
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These Springettsbury Township, Pa., steps with railings don’t make sense. Why would someone want to walk from one fast-food place – Wendy’s – to another, Arby’s, both the the 2700 block of Route 462. So they must be left over from another time. In fact, that’s right, as Stephen H. Smith explains in his YorksPast blog: Bury’s in Springettsbury Township was not just Hamburgers.  Check out his explanation below. Past posts in the series – These old York County steps….

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Along York’s West Philadelphia Street: One spot says a lot

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pmk-flowers1Ten years ago, this scene captured one of several new projects sprouting around York. It says a lot. You have the Susquehanna Commerce Center, prime professional office space, that went up on an industrial brownfield. This serves as a prime example of the service sector replacing heavy industry. Indeed, the bridge at the rear of this former brownfield was a major meeting place for union members seeking to better conditions in York, Pa.’s, plentiful heavy industries. The metal flowers, made from industrial parts, combine the craftsmanship of factory workers with the new emphasis on arts in the city. These blooming flowers are a kind of a concrete – or metal – example of ‘Creativity Unleashed,’ a marketing concept that promotes the craftsmen of York’s past with the artisans of the present. This program again points to the transition from an industrial to service economy. Both the flowers and the office building are ‘watered’ by the nearby Codorus Creek, which then – and now – was drawing development along its banks. One spot, indeed, says a lot. Things do change in York, Pa. For a review of those decade-ago projects, check out: A decade of changes. Also of interest: Foodstruck event offers insight about direction York, Pa., is heading.

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History Mystery quiz: What was John Wilkes Booth’s connection to York, Pa.?

At a recent Leadership York class that I recently helped lead, the topic came up. Did you know John Wilkes Booth spent time in York, Pa.? Class members were surprised. But when and where? Click on the ‘goo.gl’ link above to find out, if you don’t know. And do the same if you’re stumped on any other five quizzes below. Also of interest: Check out additional history mystery quizzes.

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Old York Color Works building visible, colorful symbol of progress in York, Pa.

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The old Keystone Color Works building in York, Pa.’s, Northwest Triangle has gained a higher profile since developers presented a plan to convert it into luxury apartments. Then comes ‘Keystone Crossroads: Rust or Revival?’ showing a photo (see below) of the old factory in a slide show about York County. That project of four public media stations is looking at issues affecting cities in Pennsylvania. Springettsbury Township’s Jane Lindhorn recently submitted a photo to YDR History gallery of the Color Works. ‘My father has been fascinated with Keystone Color Works since he read about it in the Daily Record,’ she wrote. And Yorkblogger Stephen H. Smith posted this photo on his YorksPast site, with a detailed explanation about the company.  Also of interest: Keystone Color Works building to be brushed up for Artspace?

Two things about the  ‘Keystone Crossroads’ project showing before and after photographs of York.

First, notice that in the lead-in and – actually, in the entire piece – thankfully does not default to often-inaccurate descriptions like hardscrabble city or a hard-luck river town as outside media often characterize York.

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