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Earliest plans for Yorkshire on the Lincoln Highway

Blueprint of R. B. McKinnon plan of Yorkshire, dated May 3, 1924 (Submitted)

I’ve been asked to share some stories of the origins of Yorkshire as the lead speaker in a walk thorough that Springettsbury Township community on Saturday June 10th. My comments will serve as an introduction to Yorkshire residents sharing their memories during this stroll through Yorkshire. Brenda Neff is the organizer of this walk and the Yorkshire Memories Facebook page, administered by Kathie Hoffer, is providing the details; such as meeting place, parking, length of walk and up to the minute info in case the walk has to be postponed due to inclement weather.

A reader submitted scans of the blueprint for the initial R. B. McKinnon plan of the Yorkshire development in Springettsbury Township. The plans are dated May 3, 1924, and they are recorded in York County Deed Book 22R, Page 701. This plan of the initial 288 lots in Yorkshire is essential in understanding lot locations per early deeds, where lot numbers on the general plan of lots, per Deed Book 22R, Page 701, are referenced extensively. Robert B. McKinnon [1865-1929] was a Civil Engineer. He was the long-time York City Engineer and/or York County Surveyor.

Further research at the Recorder of Deeds Office revealed the York City Planning Commission approved the Yorkshire plan on June 23, 1924. I’ve more research planned, however it appears some lots were sold, although not many, prior to Mahlon Haines purchasing the Yorkshire development as one component of his 318-acre Yorkshire Ranch; a group of land purchases, made by Mahlon, during October and November of 1924.

Enlarged sections of Plan No. 1 for Yorkshire

The following is the enlarged East Half of Yorkshire Plan No. 1.

The following is the enlarged West Half of Yorkshire Plan No. 1. I’ve provided some overlap between the east and west sections.

Note the trolley tracks on the south side of East Market Street. It appears the Yorkshire trolley stop was on Market Street, between Lyndhurst and Pinehurst Streets. Do any of my readers remember using the trolley from that location?

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