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Old places from one’s youth that are no more often evoke History Mystery comments on the York, Pa., Daily Record’s Facebook Page. This one not only brought some likes and comments, but also hundreds of folks, whether stumped or just wanting to read about this place, followed the goo.gl link to the story. Remember this place? F

Before there was the Haines Shoe House, there was Brook Leaf Love Nest. The Shoe House (see below), now open as a bakery/ice cream shop under new management, followed the Love Nest as a honeymoon spot in York County, Pa. The Love Nest is long gone after a fire, but memories continue.

The big pump has some amazing stats, according to a York, Pa., Daily Record story: Weight, 115 tons; Daily pumping capacity, 8 million gallons a day; years in active use by the York Water Co., 1914-1956; and foundation size in new home, 78 cubic yards of concrete. The new home for this Snow Horizontal Cross Compound Pumping Engine is the National Museum of Industrial History under construction in Bethlehem. York County’s Agricultural and Industrial Museum has a big pump, too, a vertical compressor from York Corporation, now Johnson Controls. And a twin of this pumping engine resides today in the York Water Co.’s pumping station.

The York County Science and Engineering Fair has become a rite of March in York County, Pa., Schools. It follows the school fairs, so it features the best of the best. A York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News stories recounts the story of the fair, which goes back to 1984. Thought that was the fair’s first year, it doesn’t mean science instruction wasn’t done in York County Schools. Check out the list of prominent scientists who come from York County, many with international reputations, as proof. One science teacher told the YDR that some York County students have moved to the national level – ‘a rare chance for kids to be treated like “rock stars.”