In 1832 Phineas Davis built the “Atlantic” an improved version of his 1831 “York” locomotive for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. While the “York” was the first successful coal burning locomotive in the United States, the “Atlantic” was considered the first commercially successful locomotive; finishing its active life as a
Three public talks by Stephen H. Smith are scheduled over the next five weeks. This year, the majority of my talks have been to private groups following luncheons, so this is your chance for the general public to catch some of my newer talks. A synopsis and scheduling of all
A steamship romance of the summer of 1955 bloomed and became the 1957 marriage of Grace Churchill and Mahlon Haines. So began an article in the September 3, 1957, issue of the Rapid City Journal in Rapid City, South Dakota. The photo of Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon N. Haines is
Mahlon Haines’ Wizard Ranch might be a great location for a disc golf course. My first encounter with the Shoe Wizard occurred during a Haines scouting safari at that ranch in June of 1960. That first encounter was just in passing, as Mahlon walked through our area at Wizard Ranch.
During 1924 the Red Lion Fair opened on Saturday August 16th in Fairmount Park and ran 8-days; closing the following Saturday. This was the first year that the Red Lion Fair was held both day and night. The fair included the staples: food, games, rides and entertainment. Exhibition buildings, such
The walls flanking Gate 4 of the York Expo Center contain the names of York County’s fallen during World War I. In this and subsequent posts, their tales will be shared from seldom-used sources. Harry and John Withers served in the same unit and fought side-by-side. During German shelling on
The walls flanking Gate 4 of the York Fairgrounds contain the names of York County’s fallen during World War I. In this and subsequent posts, their tales will be shared from seldom-used sources.
Florence La Badie was a famous silent firm star that received a customized York built Pullman Deluxe Coupe in 1916. La Badie’s publicity photo, via Pinterest, is from the height of her career in that same time frame. When I visited Paul Vaughn to see his restoration underway on a
Upon seeing the tiny watch George Sellers wrote “it was a beautiful piece of workmanship considering the tools Davis had at his command.” Sellers saw this watch in 1828 when papermaker George King, of York, brought it along on a trip to Philadelphia; showing it off during a paper-mould buying
I visited Paul Vaughn to see his restoration underway on a 1909 Pullman Model 4-40 Gentleman’s Roadster. In keeping with my continuing series of posts on the 1908 Philadelphia to Savannah Race, he had the automobile decked out in advertising covers; just like those utilized by the 1908 Pullman Model