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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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This photograph surely shows York, Pa., at its best

Love this photo. Fireworks. Baseball. Community band. And one of York County’s most feted musical groups – the Spring Garden Band – at that. Where’s the apple pie? This is surely York County, Pa., at its best.

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A black Civil War volunteer’s heroism, and how his deeds in Wrightsville came to be recognized

This 1930 photograph from a Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge booklet shows part of the battlefield in Wrightsville 70 years after the Civil War. A Confederate brigade, under the command of John B. Gordon, approached the town from the west, bottom, and ran into an assortment of Union troops – regulars, invalids from the military hospital in York, militia and civilian volunteers. The Confederates sought to secure the bridge. Union command ordered the bridge burned to stop that advance. They succeeded.

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Honoring a Civil War hero: Making things right in Wrightsville

Wrightsville is full of veterans memorials, at least six by one count. And the eastern York County, Pa., borough soon will be home to another one, a marker to honor a black fighting man who died defending Wrightsville and its Susquehanna River bridge from the Confederate onslaught in late-June 1863. That marker will be commemorated Saturday at Mount Pisgah Cemetery in Wrightsville.

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Susquehanna River greatly shaped York Haven: The boroughs of York County series, No. 16

Joyce Moul of York Haven Borough submitted this photo to YDR.com’s Your Photos with the notation: ‘Sun rising in York Haven Borough, December 2010.’ One would think that York Haven, a river town on York County’s east border, would see … Continue reading

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Lancaster County’s Columbia target of Smithsonian’s search-and-enjoy mission

The National Watch and Clock Museum received a shout out when Smithsonian.com listed Columbia as one of the 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2014. ‘Columbia is also home to one of the world’s only horology museums, the National … Continue reading

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New throwback lights on Susquehanna River span: ‘This bridge is going to be beautiful’

See that lamp on the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge, aka Veterans Memorial Bridge, soon after its opening in 1930? They’ll be back or something like them as part of bridge relighting project. This photo came from a bridge souvenir booklet.

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York photo captured memorable moment of human contact: ‘An emotional life saver for me’

York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News photographer Paul Kuehnel captured this touching scene at a York Ecumenical Choral Society concert at St. John Episcopal Church. The photograph drew an equally touching response from the chorus member who reached out to the youngster.

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Ice slabs on the Susquehanna River ‘boomed like cannon fire’ in 1959

These Susquehanna River ice chunks are ice chips compared to past ice jams seen off the York County, Pa., shore. Former York countian Jim Buckner produced Long Level ice breakup photos from 1959. He wrote: “But it was quite a show at the time. The two-foot thick slabs of ice boomed like cannon fire as they expanded over the river banks carrying – as you can see – the local real estate with them.” This ydr.com Media Center photo from this week isn’t that spectacular – and hopefully the ice will not be damaging – but it and companion photos are still interesting and beautiful.

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250 years ago, Paxton Boys massacred remnant of once-mighty Susquehannocks

This drawing, from a 1720 Herman Moll map, shows a Susquehannock village in York County, Pa. A remnant of the Susquehannocks, York County dominant American Indian tribe, were victims of a massacre in 1763. The 250th anniversary of the massacre of the Conestoga Indians by the a group that history calls the Paxton Boys will be held in Lancaster Dec. 13-14.

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