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About buses and Bear’s in York, Pa.’s Continental Square

This post-street-car view shows York’s Continental Square and its stand of buses. Buses became king when the last street car made its run in 1939. Public transit would become more important as wartime rationing kicked in. And there’s Bear’s, standing on the square’s angle that has been in the news recently. An interesting website, operated by David Sullivan, profiles York’s department stores.

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York Hospital and its hilltop showed a different look 75 years ago

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: Question about Manchester/What replaced Goodridge’s ‘skyscraper’? This hill has grown up since this photograph of the 10-year-old York Hospital was made. Today, some buildings that went up on the hill have already come down to accommodate … Continue reading

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History mystery photo: This angry-looking lion’s head is sure to fend off vandals

This lion’s head appears on the William C. Goodridge House at 123 East Philadelphia Street, York, Pa. That architectural touch no doubt came from a subsequent owner – noted architect Reinhardt Dempwolf.

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York, Pa., meets William C. Goodridge, former slave and successful businessman, returning from the past: Linked in to history, 5/6/13

Robert Brinson, a reenactor portraying William C. Goodridge, played the role of the 19th-century former slave and businessman in the Gettysburg Remembrance Day event in Manchester Township over the weekend. The event, sponored by Good News Jail & Prison Ministry, was an early observance of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and the Confederate invasion of York County. Many more to come.

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William C. Goodridge: ‘One of the coolest guys you’d ever want to learn about’ – York County treasures, Part III

The William C. Goodridge Freedom House and Underground Railroad Museum, one of several historic sites relating to minorities in women in York County, is undergoing renovations

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Part II: What were the houses of famed architects John and Reinhardt Dempwolf like?

Keystone Human Services is renovating the former  Reinhardt Dempwolf home overlooking South Queen Street in York Township. The home, a group shelter, is known to thousands of motorists daily. It is set apart from other homes on the hill near … Continue reading

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Tough questions for York countians about John Brown’s Harpers Ferry Raid

This pike, in the collection of the York County, Pa., Heritage Trust, is credited as coming from John Brown’s Raid. History professor John Quist said abolitionist John Brown armed his band in their raid on Harper’s Ferry with pikes, believing … Continue reading

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Underground Railroad museum in York would honor achievements of William C. Goodridge

Crispus Attucks Association’s Cindy Leiphart can be seen in a room in the former home of William C. Goodridge that was reportedly used to hide fugitive slaves as part of the Underground Railroad. A hole in the floor above the … Continue reading

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‘An Evening With William Goodridge’ in York, Pa.

John V. Jezierski’s “Enterprising Images, The Goodridge Brothers, African-American Photographers, 1847-1922″ is the most comprehensive look yet at William C. Goodridge and his family. Background posts: Underground Railroad expert: ‘We cannot alter past ignorance, but we can resolve not to … Continue reading

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‘Skyscrapers’ have shaped York’s skyline since 1850

Former slave William C.Goodridge’s building sits in the middle of this northwest quadrant of Centre Square in this early 20th-Century postcard. For years after, Bear’s, then Zollinger’s and then One Marketway West occupied the site. Today, One Marketway has new … Continue reading

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