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Can you identify this, well, thing? Linked in with neat history stuff, Jan. 11, 2012

At York Town Square, we sometimes try to keep you guessing. At least for a moment.This is an artifact of York County history. What is it and where can it be found today? (See answer below.) Also of interest: ‘Now, what’s pictured in this photograph?” and  “Can anyone explain the turkey in the postcard?’

Neat stuff from all over…

The Baltimore Sun has reviewed the new book on the Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad.

Henry C. Peden Jr. and Jack L. Shagena Jr. penned “The Ma & Pa Remembered: A History of the Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad” and the work attracted the Sun’s attention.

The review began:

“It’s been more than half a century since the trains of the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad — quaintly remembered by old-timers in these parts as the Ma & Pa — rolled over a single set of tracks on a circuitous 77.2-mile route that began in the Jones Falls Valley and, after wandering across Baltimore and Harford counties, terminated in York, Pa.”

Check out the the full review:  “The fondly remembered Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad subject of recently published book.”

Fascinated with the Dempwolfs? Available on Google books: Rebecca Cybularz‘s work: “A survey of the ecclesiastical buildings of the J.A. Dempwolf architecture firm, York, Pennsylvania.”

Do you like lists? Here’s the top 10 protest books of all time, according to one report. I didn’t view some of them as such. Interesting.

Do you like lists, Part II? And five of the top  videos produced by the York Daily Record/Sunday News in 2011:  Kasey Kahne crash at Williams Grove; Extreme Makeover begins; Extreme thanks;   Skylight torn off; and  Deer rescued from store.

 Forum of the day:  Here’s a problem that our forefathers would have shrugged at: Does anyone know how to remove musty smell from shoes?

Answer to quiz above: This is a piece of an original water wooden pipes run by the York Water Company in 1816 and thereafter. It sits on in the board room at the water company, whose ornate ceiling on East Market Street is seen above. Another wooden pipe can be seen at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum. These photos appeared in a spread about the York Water Company in the January/February 2012 issue of Smart magazine. Also of interest:  Check out these facts, photographs about York Water Company’s ornate building.