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Colorful view of a classic little red school house in York County, Pa.

Here’s another wonderful York County, Pa., scene courtesy of Dianne Bowders – the old Raab’s School. It was one of about 300 one-room schools operating in the county before World War II. This classic little red school house gave way to regional elementary schools in the 1950s (see below). As for this photo, a commenter of Dianne Bowders’ Flickr account wrote: ‘Such clean and beautiful colours!!’

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Saber-wielding ‘Little Man’ stands high above rooftops in York, Pa.

This replica weather vane atop the Colonial Courthouse replica in York, Pa., is so prominent that it’s easy to miss. Dianne Bowders captured ‘the Little Man’ and told a bit about it original. Two questions: Where is the original displayed? … Continue reading

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When York County, Pa. Bibles were printed in German, and Fractur was the typeface

This early American Bible was on display at the recent unveiling of the 2014 Journal of York County Heritage at the York County Heritage Trust. The German-language book was published by Christopher Saur in 1776 and used at Black Rock Church of the Brethren. ‘This was the first Bible printed with American-made paper, and American-made typeset,’ Dianne Bowders, who put up the small exhibit, told a gathering at the event.

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Versatile Dempwolfs designed York, Pa., mansions – and carriage houses

Linked in/Neat stuff: Dr. Charles Drawbaugh feted/History mystery rocks The work of Dianne Bowders appears again on YorkTownSquare. This one captures a familiar Dempwolf design in York, Pa. But not a mansion this time. Here is the York Township resident’s … Continue reading

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A York County, Pa., history mystery photo of confined proportions

It’s a Conestoga Wagon. Dianne Bowders writes in ydr.com’s Your Photos: ‘Conestoga Wagons were built about 1750 in the Conestoga Valley of Lancaster Co. Wagon drivers smoked rolled tobacco leaves called “stogies”, from the word Conestoga. Location: Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St., York, PA.’

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Where does York County’s Biesecker Road get its name?

As mills go – and York County, Pa. had a lot of them – Biesecker’s Mill was large – and no doubt enlarged over the years. York countian Dianne Bowders, who submitted this photograph to ydr.com’s Your Photos, wrote that it was built about 1843. A earlier mill sat on that footprint, powered by the Little Conewago Creek. to replace an earlier mill at this site. The building can be seen from scenic Route 234, between York and East Berlin. Dianne Bowders wrote that the Biesecker family owned and operated the mill from 1920 until 1994. Many York countian who might not be familiar with the mill know its namesake road – Biesecker Road.

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About Hanover Shoe Farms: ‘They developed a stable of fast horses’

The Hanover, Pa., Shoe Farms story began when owners Harper Sheppard and Clinton Myers bought a shoe business in 1899.

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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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Central York students capture York County history and release it to YouTube

This photo was submitted by Dianne Bowders of York Township, Pa., to ydr.com’s online Historic photos of York gallery. The Gates House/Plough Tavern site was a setting for recent videos produced by a Central York High School class. Dianne writes: ‘Mid 1960’s Postcard: “Gates House and Plough Tavern…York, Pennsylvania. Front view of the Golden Plough Tavern built in 1741 of medieval Germanic half-timber construction and the General Gates House built in 1751, residence of General Horatio Gates at the time York was the capital of the United States and site of the Conway Cabal, 1778.”

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Reader to magazine: Remember, York County was involved in the Civil War

The photographs made by York Township’s Dianne Bowders are favorites of this blog. She finds landscapes, scenery and landmarks that just seem to fit here. And her photographs are perfectly composed and she finds just the right light. Here, she … Continue reading

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