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These 5 images explore Wrightsville’s bridgehead, upstream and down

News about the installation of replica lights along the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge, aka Veterans Memorial Bridge, lured me to the 1930 bridge. I captured these downstream scene from the bridgehead on the York County side. This shows vestiges of the old Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal that ran from this point to Havre de Grace on the Chesapeake Bay. This is some sturdy stonework to survive floods and such since 1840.

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Lancaster County’s Columbia target of Smithsonian’s search-and-enjoy mission

The National Watch and Clock Museum received a shout out when Smithsonian.com listed Columbia as one of the 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2014. ‘Columbia is also home to one of the world’s only horology museums, the National … Continue reading

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New throwback lights on Susquehanna River span: ‘This bridge is going to be beautiful’

See that lamp on the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge, aka Veterans Memorial Bridge, soon after its opening in 1930? They’ll be back or something like them as part of bridge relighting project. This photo came from a bridge souvenir booklet.

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Ice slabs on the Susquehanna River ‘boomed like cannon fire’ in 1959

These Susquehanna River ice chunks are ice chips compared to past ice jams seen off the York County, Pa., shore. Former York countian Jim Buckner produced Long Level ice breakup photos from 1959. He wrote: “But it was quite a show at the time. The two-foot thick slabs of ice boomed like cannon fire as they expanded over the river banks carrying – as you can see – the local real estate with them.” This ydr.com Media Center photo from this week isn’t that spectacular – and hopefully the ice will not be damaging – but it and companion photos are still interesting and beautiful.

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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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Many have seen this York County-area clock tower, but can you immediately locate it?

This clock tower looms over the National Watch & Clock Museum, across the Susquehanna from Wrightsville in Columbia, Pa. Dianne wrote on ydr.com’s Your Photos site: ‘The Museum entrance is marked by the Memorial Bell Tower, dedicated in 1993.’

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Shrewsbury’s Amanda Berry Smith: ‘Our house was one of the main stations of the Under Ground Railroad’

Amanda Berry Smith was a renaissance woman. She grew up in York County, Pa., and as an adult, she served as an evangelist. She’s remembered as a chronicler of the Underground Railroad movement in northern Maryland and York County.

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Gettysburg’s old Electric Map: How many lights dotted the battlefield? Linked in to York County, Pa., history, 5/7/13

Yorktownsquare.com covers a new book touching on the Hex Murder, the status of the old Gettysburg Electric Map now in Hanover and a query about the Susquehanna River ferry at Wrightsville.

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Trolleys, trains and automobiles linked Wrightsville and York

Trains, trolleys and automobiles meant Wrightsville, York were well connected

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York artist illustrates Creativity Unleashed: Linked in to history, 1/21/13

Yorktownsquare.com covers Earl Weaver memories, Perdue’s soybean processing plant, Creativity Unleashed and MLK Day observances.

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