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‘Gateway to York Garden’ to command city’s busiest entrance

People call this green area that greets motorists heading into York City from the south many things. But grassy knoll seems to be a common name. Whatever its name, this WellSpan-owned property will be landscaped to the tune of $35,000 to become a major “Welcome to York” sign. This is York, Pa.’s, busiest entrance – the way taken by York Expo Center goers, York College students and thousands of others each day. The Rotary Club of York is erecting this big sign – “Gateway to York Garden” – as part of its 100th birthday in 2016.

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Pesky rapids in the Susquehanna? York Haven canal smoothed that rough patch in 1797

Stephen H. Smith, in his YorksPast blog, is making wonderful contributions to our understanding of York County, Pa. In this graphic, he addresses a topic I’ve always pondered: Where actually was the canal at York Haven. Here he shows us – and in this Yorkspast post, he explains many things about the man-made waterway. The canal by-passed rapids in the Susquehanna River and fed commerce in York Haven and the lower Susquehanna starting in the late 1700s. Stephen gives this excellent summary: ‘The canal was about one mile long, hugging the York County bank of the Susquehanna River from the top of the Conewago Falls, downriver to two locks at the lower end, near present day York Haven; all required so that river traffic could negotiate the 19-foot drop of the Conewago Falls.’

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Ever wonder how York County’s Spring Garden Township got its name?

As the name suggests, Spring Garden Township is a well watered municipality, extreme examples of such are seen when it rains. Here, a popular water collecting spot is seen at Hill Street and Spahn Avenue in this York County, Pa., township. But interestingly, the township did not get its name from its springs but borrowed it from elsewhere – Philadelphia, in fact.

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Where does Rathton of York/Spring Garden Township Rathton Road fame come from?

The Rathton Road/South George Street intersection on York, Pa., south side is well-known for the water that collects there. And it’s known George is named after British royalty in the 1700s. But where does Rathton come from? Also of interest: … Continue reading

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