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Canal bridge illustrations and photos are used to answer questions of how did the Codorus Navigation canal cross paths with intersecting waterways; such as Mill Creek and Dee Run in York County. An often-related follow-up question concerns the same issue when the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal crossed paths with intersecting

The October 13, 2021, History Night in Springettsbury Township will feature the Codorus Creek, which forms the northwest boundary of the township. Stephen H. Smith will provide the presentation, exploring the Codorus Navigation Works. Ruins from those Works were discovered and photographed by Mike Spyker. Township residents and the local

Dan Trimmer inquired about a story often shared by an uncle; who, while working at the York Motor Company in 1929, claimed to have repaired a flat tire on the car of Henry Ford. Newspaper reports do place Henry Ford in York County, Pennsylvania, on June 7, 1929; where he visited several places, including the York Motor Company. In June of 1929, Henry Ford was on an automobile journey across Pennsylvania; from east to west, primarily on the Lincoln Highway.

In 1872, the Northern Central Railway established a picnic area near Howard Tunnel. During summer seasons, scheduled and special steam trains transported organizations to and from these Tunnel Grounds; which were improved year-after-year into a first-class one-day destination for groups with a minimum of 20, however up to as many as 600.

Who remembers the Liberty Limited Dinner Train, which operated in southern York County from 1996 until 2001 on the old Northern Central Railway tracks; better yet, who traveled on the original Liberty Limited, the deluxe express train of the Pennsylvania Railroad, which included the same section of rails, in its run between Washington D.C. and Chicago from 1925 until 1957.