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Thomasville-area’s Biesecker’s Mill: ‘It’s a unique property, but evidently it’s so unique that no bank will touch it’

Biesecker’s Mill is one of the most architecturally interesting mills standing in York County, Pa., today. An adaptive reuse plan to convert it into apartments is in limbo, though. ‘It’s a unique property, but evidently it’s so unique that no bank will touch it. So we’re kind of stuck here,’ owner Eric Bickleman told the York Daily Record. The rangy, pre-Civil War mill measures in at 17,000-square-feet. So with its future unclear (a GoFundMe site is set up), we’ll look at its past. The book ‘Millers’ Tales’ gives these facts about the mill. Products made there in its milling days: White Lily and White Swan flour, Yorko Dog Food, Golden Corn mill. Types of milling done there: grist, saw and distillery. The Biesecker in the name comes from one of its owners, John Biesecker

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New way of seeing York, Pa., Part 2: Rail trail opens up new vistas of city

Linked in/Neat stuff: Emig Mansion open house/Historians tour old bank building York, Pa., Daily Record photographer Paul Kuehnel wrote this view from the York County Heritage Rail Trail, north of York city (seen in background): ‘Moon, old willow, over the … Continue reading

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6 cool, unsung York County, Pa., sites to discover and explore

Northern York County, Pa.’s, Redlands Meetinghouse is not usually open, but a stroll around the grounds takes you back to another time. You’ll see strange stonework that allowed church-goers to step up onto horses and wagons and an old cemetery to walk … Continue reading

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York County’s rail trail eagles: ‘This pair of eagles doesn’t seem to be bothered by anything’

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: No more Tall Cedars’ pancakes/Look who’s back in York, Pa. There was a day when eagles’ nests were rare around York County, Pa. You might’ve seen them in the Susquehanna River Region. But now we have … Continue reading

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New way of seeing York, Pa: Rail trail opens up new vistas of city

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: Know much about Spring Grove?/Watch & Clock’s new exhibit Well, here’s a cityscape you don’t see every day. Although now, you can, if you travel along the York County Heritage Rail Trail’s Northern Extension, left in … Continue reading

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How historic York County farming, railroading is engaging with the service, information age

This image, courtesy of Google Maps, came to light with a York, Pa., Daily Record story about vehicle vandalism at this York County Heritage Rail Trail parking area a few months ago. The Brillhart Station scene caught my eye because it shows a 21st-century re-use of former agricultural and industrial land. That popular York Township parking lot, park and rail trail section show the transition from ag (farming) and industrial use (railroading) to recreation use. It’s a snapshot of how York County’s economy is changing from its historic agricultural and industrial roots to service and information uses.

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Will this old bridge gain new life on York County’s rail trail?

It’s a bridge to nowhere. The question is whether it will some day be a bridge to somewhere, particularly spanning Willis Run in North York for York County Heritage Rail Trail users. Work is underway on the rail trail’s northern … Continue reading

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Boy hopping a train turns into tragedy in 1886, the saddest of many Seven Valleys train accidents

This truck made it through but the bridge carrying the York County Heritage Rail Trail, and before that the railroad to Baltimore, has caught the tops of trucks. See a photo of a truck that didn’t make it through below. … Continue reading

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