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In 1852, Jacob G. Hauer established the Spring Forge Paper Mill within a former iron forge; it was the first paper mill in what is now Spring Grove. After Jacob died in 1855, his widow Susan hired operators to keep the paper mill running for Jacob’s heirs. By 1863, the

This southward looking aerial view of the York Haven Paper Mill (center) & York Haven Power Plant (lower left) is from the 1950s. The reason for locating a paper mill (and power plant) at this site can be traced to a canal, opened in 1797, to allow navigation of the

Cliff Satterthwaite painted two large murals for the York Haven State Bank in 1980. This mural depicts canal operations in York Haven during the 1840-1850s era; and looks across the Susquehanna River towards Falmouth, Lancaster County. The York Haven State Bank was located on the northeast corner of Pennsylvania Avenue

This postcard shows the aftermath of the massive explosion that occurred at 2:45 P.M. on August 10, 1908, at the York Rolling Mill; located along Loucks Mill Road in Spring Garden Township, York County, PA. Daniel J. Diehl of 712 Prospect Street in York, PA took this photograph. The York

I’ve shown the patent header and primary cut-away drawing from S. Morgan Smith’s first Turbine Water Wheel patent. Stephen M. Smith received this patent on December 26, 1876, while still with York Manufacturing Company. Smith retained rights to his new patent, named it the “Success” turbine and contracted with York

The distinctive brick mill building at 3780 East Market Street, just west of the Ettline Victorian House, had its beginnings as a mill warehouse. The mill warehouse was purposefully situated adjacent to the busy road and railroad; it was used as a general warehouse and serviced the Hauser Grist Mill,

YorksPast readership growth continues, thanks to all my new and loyal readers! As a whole, interest in York County Mills edged out the Susquehanna Trail as the most popular topic. Thanks to Cliff Satterthwaite for generously providing the artwork for many of the mill posts. At the beginning of every