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Abraham Lincoln: How many times did the 16th President’s trains touch York County? Part I

This handbill from Chief Burger David S. Tanger calls for attendance at a Hanover service to commemorate Abraham Lincoln in life and in death. Notice that it called for a procession to the church and the comments in small type: … Continue reading

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Hanover Branch Railroad provided way to get iron ore to market – and Lincoln to Gettysburg

The late Roger Shaffer was an expert on his home area of Hanover Junction – and beyond. He left behind a body of work that tells us much about that important junction of the Hanover Branch Railroad and the Northern Central Railway (now the York County Heritage Rail Trail) and its successor railroads. The current edition of the Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society newsletter carries three articles penned by Shaffer that go beyond the well-known stories of how Abraham Lincoln passed to and from Gettysburg along this line. ‘The “Item” Review’ published this photo of an ore mine along the Hanover Branch that operated between 1850 and 1880. The Strickhouser Station stop along the Hanover Branch served as a shipping point for ore taken from such mines.

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By Civil War’s end, York County finally lined up with Abraham Lincoln

This is one of York County, Pa.’s most enduring controversies. Is that Abraham Lincoln wearing the stovepipe hat in the center of this photo? The president changed trains on his way to and from Gettysburg, which means he would have have been available for this photo op. But some contemporary observers believe the man below the top hat is Hanover Branch railroader A.W. Eichelberger. As is the case here, Abe’s relationship with York County is often out of synch.

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