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How York Fair looked from the air in 1932

The York Fair Midway, behind the grandstand, is shown in this aerial photograph in 1932. Notice the number of livestock barns at right. Some of their footprint has been replaced by the now-Utz Arena. This scene was captured by Madison Bay Company of East Berlin. The York County Heritage Trust sold prints for years in its bookshop, but it was part of the neat things available this year – as in all years – at the Trust’s Book Blast.

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When the old York Valley Inn stood in Springettsbury Township

This post card view shows the York Valley Inn sitting roughly in the vicinity of where Panera Bread operates today in Springettsbury Township. In the 1960s, the old 18th-century inn got in the way of progress, and a wider road spelled a decision point for its owners. An interesting solution emerged: Dismantle it and move reassemble part of it as an office – at Susquehanna Memorial Gardens in York Township.

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York County must not forget Wrightsville’s slain fighting man, revisited

When the Confederates approached the Wrightsville and its Susquehanna River Bridge in late-June 1863, a thin line of Union defenders awaited them. The rebel assault commenced, leaving one man – a black fighting man – dead in the trench he had just dug. He was the only known mortality in the Battle of Wrightsville. He’ll probably remain unknown, but he doesn’t have to be unrecognized. The York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News continued its opinion page series supporting a movement to permanently honor this hero.

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Lincoln’s Address 150: Check out 5 more memorable story and photo/video links

The German Reformed Church Cemetery in Hanover, Pa., was the site of 11 Union fighting men who fell in the Battle of Hanover on June 30, 1863. Their bodies were later exhumed and reburied in the national cemetery in Gettysburg, the site of Gettysburg Address 150 observances this week. But back in Hanover, the historical cemetery has fallen on hard times. “Instead of the flowers and flags one might think would adorn a historic burial plot, Hanover’s German Reformed Cemetery is a cluster of nearly illegible stones, toppled and cracked in a lonely lot on School Avenue behind Trinity United Church of Christ,” the Evening Sun in Hanover reported.

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Touting York County’s history – right now – via new social media video tool

The American War Mothers monument is a little-known marker in the center of York, Pa.’s, Penn Park. It was dedicated after World War II to honor those who served, were wounded and died, a number that collectively totaled more than 20,000 in York County.

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Civil War’s Battle of Wrightsville: Looking to honor an unsung, unknown Union defender

This diorama of the Battle of Wrightsville, part of a museum in that York County, Pa., river town, shows Blue and Gray troop positions on Sunday, June 28, 1863. An audio presentation describing the diorama tells of the unknown black man killed in the Confederate assault on the Susquehanna River bridgehead. No monument stands to honor this Union defender. Interestingly, a grave marker for an unknown Rebel soldier was recently dedicated up river from Wrightsville. Interest is growing in a marker to recognize the Union defender.

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Story of slain black soldier at Wrightsville reminds reader of cause behind the Civil War – slavery

Union military and civilian officials in Pennsylvania rightly viewed the Susquehanna River as a formidable barrier to the Confederate advance to the east. Still, they supplemented the mile-wide river with earthworks along its course. Here, an artist who witnessed the excavation shows workers digging trenches near Wrightsville in eastern York County to provide defenders leverage against an anticipated Confederate offensive to capture the bridge spanning the Susquehanna River between York and Lancaster counties.

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Where did the trolley in West Manchester’s Trolley Road come from?: Linked in to history, 4/27/13

Yorktownsquare.com blog covers York County’s trolley system, ghosts signs, York County native plants, and security concerns in Gettysburg.

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York County can never forget this unknown Civil War soldier. But we have.

A new marker for an unknown Confederate soldier was unveiled at his longtime burial spot along the Susquehanna River recently. In my York Sunday News column today (3/14/13) – Another unknown soldier – I suggest we remember another unknown soldier, a black militiaman fighting for the Union on Pennsylvania soil in Wrightsville.

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Wrightsville’s Burning of the Bridge diorama tells story of adventure, history: Linked in to York County history, Sept. 28, 2012

Yorktownsquare covers a Wrightsville Civil War diorama, a “failing intersection” in York County and the Journal of York County Heritage.

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