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How York Fair looked from the air in 1932

The York Fair Midway, behind the grandstand, is shown in this aerial photograph in 1932. Notice the number of livestock barns at right. Some of their footprint has been replaced by the now-Utz Arena. This scene was captured by Madison Bay Company of East Berlin. The York County Heritage Trust sold prints for years in its bookshop, but it was part of the neat things available this year – as in all years – at the Trust’s Book Blast.

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Now at 40, the Vigilant is the baby of York’s four fire stations

The Vigilant Fire Co. No. 1, in the 200 block of West Market Street, is 40 years old this year. Those four decades make it the newest among York, Pa.’s, fire stations. The ‘before’ photo in this set in the ‘Picturing History’ series shows the Vigilant in the 1970s before it came down along with its social hall. The ‘after’ photo shows it today.

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Trains, stations and the Gettysburg Address

This is the scene from York County, Pa.’s, Hanover Junction believed to have been made by a photographer on the day that Abraham Lincoln traveled through York County to Gettysburg to deliver his Nov. 19, 1863, address. Yorkblogger Scott Mingus writes about this series of photos on his Cannonball blog, and here’s a bit more about a photo that some believe shows Abraham Lincoln at the station. Three York/Adams’ train stations, remembered here, hosted Lincoln on his way to and from his famous speech.

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JFK chose a hot topic in 1960 York Fair campaign visit: the Cold War

Many people today remember being in the audience when John F. Kennedy visited the York, Pa., Fair in his quest for the presidency in 1960. Not as well remembered was the visit by his GOP opponent, Richard M. Nixon, to York a couple of weeks later. The 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s death is Nov. 23.

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In search of proof that York Fair is America’s first, Part II

Joan Concilio, over at her Only in York County blog, picked up this 1947 York Fair program at a local estate sale. Then it was known as the York Interstate Fair, and it still draws people from across America. It has for decades, centuries. The York Fair’s founding in 1765 gives fair promoters the idea that it’s the nation’s oldest.

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York Fair: Day 1 in photos and videos, plus commentary

Remember the days of bungee jumping? They’re gone but the York Fair offers a chance to throw yourself off US AIRBAG’s 30-foot platform onto, well, an airbag. The chance, that is, if the attraction passes Pennsylvania inspection. It was not open on Day 1, but hopes to open today after meeting the inspector’s approval.

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Kiwanis Lake: York countians have stayed at home there for decades

Kiwanis Lake, scene of York, Pa., Labor Day observances today, is seen in 1952. The island is now landscaped with trees and a miniature Statue of Liberty. Labor Day observances have been going on for years.

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‘Loop the Loop’ at the York Fair and other York County post card views

B. Derek Shaw, a roller coaster aficionado, sent along this postcard of the ‘Loop the Loop’ from York, Pa., Fair in 1904. Derek, also a postcard fan, noted that this is a ‘real photo card.’ It tells a lot about early roller coaster history, as Derek outlines in ‘Then & Now: Loop coasters at fairgrounds in the early 1900s.

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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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How Gettysburg celebrated the 50th anniversary of the battle: Linked in with neat history stuff, May 29, 2012

Gettysburg 150 is beginning to move up in the news, as it should. So, it’s interesting to see how Gettysburg 50 and other marker anniversaries were observed. Here, a Library of Congress photo, one of a set, details the Great Reunion, in 1913. Veterans of the North and South came to the Pennsylvania battlefield to shake hands and swap stories.

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