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Along the Susquehanna River: ‘We have the equivalent of a national park’

Here’s a spot that hasn’t yet been here on YorkTownSquare.com , and we specialize in finding favorite – and obscure – spots around here, Pinnacle Overlook on the Lancaster side of the Susquehanna. Lancaster County Conservancy has received the 80-acre scenic vista near Holtwood Dam from PPL Electric. A York Daily Record/Sunday New story on such developments along the Susquehanna brought forth this interesting viewpoint from Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area.

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Lake Williams just passed the century mark; York Water Co. coming up on 200th

One might think those two beautiful water supply lakes south of York, Pa., were built at the same time. But Lake Williams, seen here in a postcard view, went up in 1913, and Lake Redman, 1967. Both came in response to droughts. Many York countians remember the drought that brought Lake Redman. It also brought in a self-proclaimed rainmaker, but construction of the Redman dam proved more reliable. A history on the York Water Company’s website comments on Lake Williams, built after the normal flow of two branches of the Codorus Creek needed help in the face of dry weather: ‘On January 7, 1913 the dam was completed. By February 4, 1913 the new dam was full and overflowing. The lake was later named Lake Williams in honor of the Company’s General Manager.’ So Lake Williams just passed its 100th anniversary.

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Will this old bridge gain new life on York County’s rail trail?

It’s a bridge to nowhere. The question is whether it will some day be a bridge to somewhere, particularly spanning Willis Run in North York for York County Heritage Rail Trail users. Work is underway on the rail trail’s northern … Continue reading

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How a bird viewed York’s Schmidt & Ault operating at full press

Matt Bupp sent in this very clear aerial image of the old King’s Mill/Schmidt & Ault/Smurfit-Stone site along the Codorus Creek. He estimates that the photo was taken in the 1950s. The complex is now owned by York College of Pennsylvania, which just unveiled a redone sign showing the Schmidt & Ault logo, plus high water marks from the 1933 and 1972 floods. This photo shows the 1812 manor house on the site. York College of Pennsylvania officials say they have no plans to renovate either that historic structure or the old mill.

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Old York Armory has served through wars and rumors of wars

Picturing York shows a familiar landmark, a before-and-after photograph of the National Guard Armory on North George Street in York, Pa. Check individual photos plus a special slider that lets you explore the old armory, then and now: National Guard. Notice the flood control work that has been done to the bank of the Codorus Creek in these two scenes.

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York, Pa., Schmidt & Ault sign refurbished: A sign of the times?

Linked in/Neat stuff: Dr. Harry Wildasin, York County achiever/Camp Scott There’s a new sign in town. Or a redone sign, at least. (It’s kind of a sticker, not repainted). But is it a sign of the times? Will the rest of … Continue reading

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King’s Mill, Schmidt & Ault, Smurfit-Stone: By whatever name, here’s how a bird saw it

East Berlin’s Dale E. Brenner has provided this aerial photo of the King’s Mill/Schmidt & Ault/Smurfit-Stone complex beside the Codorus Creek from about 15 years ago. Since then, York College of Pennsylvania has rehabbed part of the site, which is no longer used for papermaking or other uses. Among other things, this interesting photo shows York College’s movement toward the western part of York City, with the Penn Street Bridge serving as a connector. That’s a good thing for the city.

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Thinking about York, Pa., sunshine, even in a deep freeze

Here’s a break from the Deep Freeze of January 2014: A look at the ‘Codorus Eagle,’ courtesy of the camera of Mike Spyker. ‘The Codorus Eagle sits upon its favorite perch, searching for the next meal,’ Mike wrote in ydr.com’s ‘Your Photos’ section about York Pa.’s bird. He then added about this Dec. 10 photo: ‘Having had enough picture taking it takes off up stream toward downtown York.’ See other photographs of York County eagles at Your Photos.

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With the weather outside so frightful, this York County scene will warm you up

OK, with the Sunday snowstorm, I’m playing with your head a bit. But I’ve wanted to put up this ‘old swimming hole’ photo since seeing it on Joan Concilio’s Only in York County blog some months ago. It takes you back to a warmer moment. The scene was so inviting I went to the spot the other day.

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10 more memorable moments, stories in the Storm of October 2013

Dover Township’s John Yost has a new water line on his 1840 home. ‘The nearby Conewago Creek flooded up his driveway and porch and almost surpassed his first-floor windowsills,’ York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News photographer Chris Dunn wrote in this ydr.com Media Center gallery photo’s caption.

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