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Springettsbury Township’s new firehall began the way all good projects do. With a concept and a felt need to modernize. That idea turned into an architectural drawing for a site – about a mile east of its longtime home along the Lincoln Highway. On one level, the need to modernize considering the regional nature of Springettsbury fire and emergency medical services makes a compelling argument. On the other, York County loses more green space. It costs tax dollars. And you have to look at what’s left behind

An early morning fire badly damaged the old Red Lion Country Club building.This 1956 clipping, from York County Heritage Trust files, shows one of the improvements to the York Township building. Like the Hanover Country Club’s Abbottown location, the Red Lion Country Club has sat on land originally purchased in 1937. The club has not operated as such for several years and is currently owned – and placed up for sale – by the Red Lion School District.

The Vigilant Fire Co. No. 1, in the 200 block of West Market Street, is 40 years old this year. Those four decades make it the newest among York, Pa.’s, fire stations. The ‘before’ photo in this set in the ‘Picturing History’ series shows the Vigilant in the 1970s before it came down along with its social hall. The ‘after’ photo shows it today.