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York’s Knights of Malta temple: ‘And what a building it was’

In the late 1950s throught the 1970s, many historic York, Pa., buildings were demolished, often to provide parking to allow city retailers to compete against suburban shopping centers. This building’s site was put to a different purpose. It came down, but another stately office building took its place in 1959 – the headquarters for J.E. Baker Co.

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Fire in a York, Pa., box car filled with apples and beans: ‘Here was a thriller’

York’s Vigilant fire company, captured here in this Picturing York before-and-after slider, has done heroic work for years. But there was a moment in the late 1800s when townspeople bailed out the fire company. Yorkblogger June Lloyd told about the response to a fire in a box car filled with apples and beans: ‘I guess it is kind of embarrassing if your horse-drawn fire engine runs away, is stopped by a collision with your other engine and has to be people-drawn to the fire. That’s what happened to York’s Vigilant Fire Co. in the late 1800s.’ June provided a newspaper account with her 2011 post that led with: ‘Here was a thriller!’

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Have a history story to tell? Consider sending it to the Journal of York County Heritage

St. Jacob’s (Stone) Church in southwestern York County, Pa., was near the remote farmhouse where a Union Army messenger was killed by a farmer just before the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. Charles H. Glatfelter, who enjoyed close family ties to the church, wrote about this sad case in which the farmer, George Bear, mistook the courier for a Confederate. Rebels had been crawling around York County in the days before the battle. George Bear was a member of one of the congregations who worshipped at this union church. Dr. Glatfelter’s essay appeared in the York County Heritage Trust’s 2013 Journal of York County Heritage.

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York County, Pa., has a lot of deserted places once in spotlight

These piers are all that remain of a trolley bridge near Green Valley Pool in West Manchester Township, Pa. The far-ranging trolley system, which ended in 1939, sprawled over York County. As the trolleys passed up Trolley Road from York to Dover, they crossed Church Road at Broad Street. That crossing formed a kind of town square for Shiloh, which moved to Church Street and Carlisle Road when the trolley quit running and Route 74 was improved. Trolleys then descended into the little valley crossed by Poplars Street. This bridge spanned the Little Conewago Creek, providing a grade for the trolley to climb and then head to Brookside Park and then Dover.

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Abe Lincoln post leads the pack in yorktownsquare.com’s Top 10 most viewed of 2012

Abe Lincoln leads the pack of yorktownsquare.com’s Top 10 most viewed posts of 2012

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Check out the top 10 York Town Square posts in 2011

A post about the Warehime-Myers Mansion, now in the hands of the Hanover (Pa.) Area Historical Society, scored number seven on the most-viewed list on yorktownsquare.com blog in 2011. People must have loved the stories and photographs of this richly … Continue reading

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Part IV: York, Pa., without the Yorktowne Hotel? Unimaginable.

The ‘Overnight Success’ booklet marked the 70 anniversary of the Yorktowne Hotel in 1995. The financially troubled Yorktowne carries all kinds of meaning on its tall shoulders. (See back cover of this publication, available at York County libraries, below.) Also … Continue reading

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The day the Ku Klux Klan cried discrimination in York, Pa.

This clip from the York, Pa., Daily Record tells about an ill-fated attempt by the Ku Klux Klan to meet at the Yorktowne Hotel in 1987.  Also of interest: Finder of KKK certificate: ‘My first thought was fear … the … Continue reading

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Finder of KKK certificate: ‘My first thought was fear … the Ku Klux Klan would have loved us’

Anna Olmeda of Dover recently discovered this KKK certificate in the back of a framed photograph. Background posts: Criticism of Geno’s leads to ‘commie’ claim and Leonard Pitts speaking in York, Pa.: Sometimes, history hurts and York, Pa.: ‘It’s a … Continue reading

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For years, KKK has tried to navigate the York County mainstream

Advertisements such as these were common in York County newspapers of the 1920s. Background posts: Criticism of Geno’s leads to ‘commie’ claim and Leonard Pitts speaking in York, Pa.: Sometimes, history hurts and York, Pa.: ‘It’s a midsize city with … Continue reading

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