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FlipsidePa.com offers this game: Can you spot York County’s art? This mural observes the influence of railroading in New Freedom borough. In that small town, the Northern Central Railway and the Stewartstown Railroad met for about 125 years starting in the 1800s. Farmers and other agribusinesses from Fawn Grove to New Freedom could transport their goods via the Stewartstown RR to the Northern Central, later the Pennsylvania Railroad.

The Colonial Courthouse has a new bell. The 1805 bell and its stand, formerly used at the old York County, Pa., Poorhouse, has some defects. So now a bell on the replica of the mid-1700s York County Court House is ringing again. But here’s the question.

York County has a lot of golf courses – we once experimented with the Gold Capital of the U.S. slogan – and York countians love their golf. And this 2011 scene of golfing in a snowstorm on the Springwood Golf Club proves both points.

With Memorial Day approaching, pools are primed to open. But here’s one that is long gone: The Playland pool. Here, artist Cliff Satterthwaite explains the purpose of his drawing of Springettsbury Township’s Playland complex. Interestingly, other York County, Pa., community pools preceded Playland or followed its lead in shutting down over time. Glady’s Pool in Stewartstown was one. Sun Valley Pool in Spry closed more recently. Today, an increasing number of residents can afford private backyard pools. Fortunately, several community pools remain open.

You can see York, Pa.’s skyline without standing on a tall hill. Artists have captured it in large and small scale, one way or another. Can you place the artpieces of York’s skyline as it’s rendered above and below?

‘Greater York in Action,’ a 1969 book, celebrated the restoration of the Golden Plough Tavern and the neighboring Gates House as ‘restoration of two of York’s most outstanding buildings.’ And that they are. The York County, Pa., Heritage Trust plans a 50th anniversary celebration of the complex on May 16-17. These images come from the hand of artist Cliff Satterthwaite,