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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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Milkweed, a gentle York County native plant that attracts butterflies, played an important wartime role

Milkweed is a native York County plant. Its deep roots made it readily available in World War II. Many people alive today remembering picking milk weed pods in that war, often as part of their school day. They were used for many thing, including forming the stuffing in life jackets that gave them buoyancy – and saved many a fighting man’s life. Perhaps the grandfather of this milkweed plant – in a native plant garden in York City – provided pods for America in World War II.

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Even milkweed pods have place in York County – World War II – history

Milkweed pods are opening about now around York County, Pa. They’re largely ignored nowadays, but in World War II they were coveted. Also of interest: All World War II posts from the start and World War II torpedo, bomb loader, … Continue reading

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