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About the Northwest Triangle and skinnydipping in the Codorus: Linked in with neat York County history stuff, March 15, 2012


This low-altitude aerial photograph, from the York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News’ Chris Dunn, gives a clear view of the Northwest Triangle development area. The two bridges are near one of the points of the triangle. That area of the Codorus Creek was made famous by Raymond Sechrist in his booklet “Skinnydipping in the Codorus.” The book describes the fun this area of the city, still remote today, offered boys 100 years ago, particularly with the swimming hole’s proximity to trains passing over the bridges.  This image comes from Look, a blog of best photographs from YDR/YSN photographers. (Click on the image to enlarge; see additional bird’s-eye views below.) Also of interest: Map explains York, Pa.’s $50 million Northwest Triangle redevelopment area and Check out these posts about the Northwest Triangle.

Neat stuff from all over … .
A reader emailed this nice note about a recent post in which I separated New Salem (the borough) from York New Salem (the post office.)

She wrote: I just wanted to clarify that there is a town named New Salem, PA zip code 15468 and a town named York New Salem, PA zip code 17371.

9 W. Main Street
New Salem, PA  15468-2111
115 S. Main Street
York New Salem, PA  17371-9998

I wrote her back:

“It probably is all about what ‘is’ is. There’s only one incorporated borough named New Salem. York County’s government, for example, lists its founding in 1876 in this list: http://www.york-county.org/municip/area.htm. I don’t know about zip codes, but it’s the incorporation papers that I was relying on.”

“It’s all a lot of fun. Point I was trying to make is that many York countians don’t know we have a New Salem borough.

Vintage posters: AP put out the finding of a cache of old movie posters in a Pennsylvania attic . That story will just interest York Town Square readers. Here’s a sample: “A rowdy band of bloodsuckers, gunslingers, wily wise guys, jaded private eyes, hardboiled reporters and good girls gone bad, stuck in an attic together for 80 years, is going its separate ways.”

And this  in from AP: Did Washington Monument sink or tilt from quake?

Candymaker seeks relief: Wolfgang Candy, that venerable North York candymaker is seeking bankruptcy protection. We wish that old time York County company well.

Forum of the day: Only in York County’s Joan Concilio is seeking information on three topics:

1. Eugene Jacobs?
2. Memories of Whitey’s Nite Lunch
3. Former Glen Rock Catholic church

York County views from on the air:
Just try to resist studying this memory-tugging photograph
Just try to resist studying this memory-tugging Sears photograph, Part II
Just try to resist this memory-tugging photo of North York’s White Oak Park
Just try to resist this memory-tugging aerial photograph of York Whitehull Airport and York Valley Inn and Playland and …
So, can you find long-gone Springwood Park in this aerial photograph?
Camp Security area of Springettsbury Township from the air
Columbia-Wrightsville Susquehanna River bridges from the air.
Just try to resist this memory-tugging photograph of northwest York, Pa.
Just try to resist this memory-tugging aerial photograph of York’s Roosevelt Avenue Airport.
Memorial Stadium, now Bob Hoffman Stadium, built to keep professional baseball in York.