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Names of York: Richard M. Nixon

More in the ongoing series on the Names of York.

Place: Richard M. Nixon County Park, Springfield Township

Who was it named after? We all know that Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) was vice president and then president of the United States from 1953 to 1961. That’s the easy part! (Well, except I had this wrong originally; thanks to Jo for pointing it out!)

Fun fact: The land for this park was donated by York Barbell founder Bob Hoffman (more on him to come!) in 1968. The land was given on the condition it be named for President Nixon.

Source: York County Department of Parks and Recreation

Bonus fun fact: Nixon Park hosts the Great Backyard Bird Count each year, based from its Nature Center. This photo was taken during the 2007 event by Jason Plotkin.

Do you have a suggestion of a place in York County named for a person? If so, post a comment! I’m going to work my way through some likely ones, such as schools and parks, but I need other suggestions too!

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