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Cameron Mitchell applause growing in York County: ‘Honestly, it seems like more could be done’

Linked in/Neat stuff: Old Hanover Theatre unchanged/Old York Prison pictured
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Grass-roots efforts to recognize York County native son Cameron Mitchell are gaining momentum in southern York County, where the acclaimed Hollywood actor grew up. A movie night, above, is planned to raise money for a scholarship in Mitchell name. And officials in Shrewsbury, Mitchell’s hometown, have named a street after him. ‘Honestly, it seems like more could be done — perhaps renaming the entire complex in honor of a celebrity who spent a lot of time in that park,’ the York Daily Record/Sunday News wrote in an editorial about the actor . ‘But at least this is a start.’ Also of interest: More about Cameron Mitchell: Famed actor’s family members served in Civil War and Four photos give picture of Hollywood star Cameron Mitchell’s ties to York County.

Other interesting stuff from all over … .

Stephen H. Smith over at YorksPast tells about the fair that Joe Bury’s Famous Hamburgers sold 4 1/2 tons of hamburgers.

He quoted the following from The Gazette and Daily in 1939:

Joe Bury rightfully deserves the title of York’s hamburg king. A total of 44,750 hamburgers crossed the counter at his stand on the fair grounds last week. He disposed of 8,950 pounds of hamburg, almost four and a half tons, and 3,600 pounds more than was sold at the 1938 fair.

Endangered theater:
The Hanover Theatre was sold four years ago. It sits empty, as it was at the time of the sale, according to a story in the Evening Sun in Hanover.
Preservation Pennsylvania put the old theater on its list of endangered sites, among many in the state.

Updating the dig:


Interesting site: The old York Prison on Chestnut Street is involved in an involved eminent domain process. So, I’m sharing an interesting site here, that includes information about the old lockup, with a rare photograph of the prison’s back side.
History Mystery: You’ll like the before-and-after photos here. Just click on the “goo.gl” link: