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York County’s love affair with its wheels – even small ones – rolls on and on, Part 6

York County’s love affair with all things on wheels means wheels of all sizes. As in here, miniature. As in model trains. This elaborate display at the Red Lion Train Station is open to the public this Christmas season. Years ago, the train station was the venue for the 77-mile-long Ma & Pa’s Railroad’s welcome in the borough, and when combined with its trolley service and highways, propelled the borough as a transportation and market center of southeastern York County in the 20th century.

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Old kilns and furnaces around York/Adams point to major enterprises in the past

The counties of York/Adams were dotted with all kinds of furnaces and kilns in their past – a loose combination of agribusiness, mining and manufacturing. Perhaps the best-known is Codorus Furnace. But smaller kilns were virtually everywhere. Consider the remains of an old kiln along the Susquehanna Trail near Stillmeadow Church of the Nazarene in Manchester Township. And consider the pottery giant Pfaltzgraff that grew its business from baking ore in kilns or ovens. And those old kilns near the Susquehanna River in Wrightsville. Artist Cliff Satterthwaite captures a vestige of Adams County brick making, circa 1970. They sat on the left ‘before you’re into Gettysburg rt 30.’ He added: ‘(I)t’s a needle in a brick kiln’ if they’re there now… .’ Satterthwaite’s technique in this photo illustration was to take two slides and combine them into one, using computer software.

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Gettysburg’s Charley Weaver Museum, aka Soldiers National Museum, items on sale

These figures are among the 1,000-plus items to be auctioned at the Soldiers National Museum in Gettysburg today and Saturday. They represent generals wounded in the Battle of Gettysburg. The Evening Sun in Hanover provided this piece of history from … Continue reading

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Gettysburg’s Ziegler’s Grove returning to its Civil War state

Slowly, the terrain in Gettysburg where the old Cyclorama building and visitors center stood for decades is returning to its Civil War state. In this case, its post-Civil War state as the marker for the Battery F, U.S Artillery is returned to where it first went up in 1907. It was moved when the Cyclorama building was constructed in 1962. How do you re-install a granite monument? Check out this Hanover Evening Sun photo gallery.

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Ike Eisenhower’s 1955 Cockshutt Blackhawk 40: This tractor was not for sale

Dwight D. Eisenhower probably never drove this 1955 Cockshutt Blackhawk 40 tractor, but it was part of his Gettysburg farm at the the time of his death. The Evening Sun in Hanover reported that it was on display with other antiques that were part of Adams County farmer Stanley Wolf’s collection.

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Rosie the Riveter toiled in the Civil War, too

Women living in the Civil War era are getting their due in the popular re-enactments in Gettysburg and elsewhere in these 150 years of the war observances. One re-enactor in Gettysburg for the 151st anniversary of the battle likened Civil War contributions to those of ‘Rosie the Riveter,’ that symbol of women who worked on shop floors in World War II.

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Gettysburg 151: 4 scenes from around the battlefield and region

The western gate to Gettysburg borough, marked by Robert E. Lee’s headquarters, will look far different in a future visit to Gettysburg. That key entry into Gettysburg will lose the familiar Appalachian Brewing Company and Quality Inn. The Civil War Trust will pay $5.5 million and transfer the property to the National Park Service,

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Bells on Seminary Ridge will be heard across Gettysburg Battlefield

Every time you go to Gettysburg, there’s something new to see. In this case, to see and hear. These 1869-vintage bells have a new home of Seminary Ridge. ‘Intended to memorialize soldiers who have fought worldwide and missionaries who have spread the Gospel in peace, it is fitting that the bells are in front of the seminary’s Church of the Abiding Presence, reaching out to the fields that hosted the bloodiest battle fought on American soil,’ the Evening Sun in Hanover reported in: Seminary Bells ring for soldiers, missionaries. So you might hear them before you see them. When they ring, they’ll be heard across the battlefield.

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Gravesites of black Civil War veterans to be documented: ‘This is an important first step’

Linked in/Neat stuff: Wallace-Cross Mill/Murphy & Dittenhafer architects The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will create a comprehensive list of black Civil War veteran gravesites, per a recent request from Pennsylvania’s senator Bob Casey. That would include Gettysburg’s Lincoln Cemetery, … Continue reading

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Want a wax figure from the Civil War, Part II? Gettysburg figures to be auctioned

The Gettysburg Civil War Wax Museum, now known as the Gettysburg Heritage Center, is auctioning its wax historical figures. You’ve read about that: Want a Civil War figures? But it’s back today for two reasons. This AP photo of Tammy Myers with the heads of characters is winsome. And the AP reports another interesting thing: ‘As part of those changes, it is preparing to unload dozens of its historical figures – most made of vinyl, not wax – in what the auctioneer calls a once-in-a-lifetime sale.’

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