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This is just a good picture. Emigsville looking down on High and St. Mark streets in December 2013. It comes from the camera of the York, Pa., Daily Record’s Paul Kuehnel, who lives in this Manchester Township neighborhood. This scene provides the top piece for The Emigsville Heritage Project, a community website that Paul has operated with since 2006. It features some wonderful Kuehnel photogs from around town.

York, Pa., Daily Record Facebook readers respond to really engage with aerial photographs. They like to figure what has changed – and what hasn’t. If you’re also a fan, check out YorkTownSquare’s aerial photo category.

York County’s love affair with all things on wheels means wheels of all sizes. As in here, miniature. As in model trains. This elaborate display at the Red Lion Train Station is open to the public this Christmas season. Years ago, the train station was the venue for the 77-mile-long Ma & Pa’s Railroad’s welcome in the borough, and when combined with its trolley service and highways, propelled the borough as a transportation and market center of southeastern York County in the 20th century.

The counties of York/Adams were dotted with all kinds of furnaces and kilns in their past – a loose combination of agribusiness, mining and manufacturing. Perhaps the best-known is Codorus Furnace. But smaller kilns were virtually everywhere. Consider the remains of an old kiln along the Susquehanna Trail near Stillmeadow Church of the Nazarene in Manchester Township. And consider the pottery giant Pfaltzgraff that grew its business from baking ore in kilns or ovens. And those old kilns near the Susquehanna River in Wrightsville. Artist Cliff Satterthwaite captures a vestige of Adams County brick making, circa 1970. They sat on the left ‘before you’re into Gettysburg rt 30.’ He added: ‘(I)t’s a needle in a brick kiln’ if they’re there now… .’ Satterthwaite’s technique in this photo illustration was to take two slides and combine them into one, using computer software.

A magazine spread circa 1950 about York, Pa., titled ‘Tune Town,’ said this about the photo above: ‘York’s crack Spring Garden Band, Lester K. Loucks conducting, strikes up a tune in Continental Square, the music town’s main crossroads. The boys own their own club building, make records, and play out-of-town dates.’