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The Bridges of the Susquehanna River – Linked in with neat York County, Pa., history stuff: Dec. 2, 2010

Frederic H. Abendschein points out in his book “Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville” that this photograph shows four forms of transportation. A Pennsylvania Railroad train is under the smoke approaching the railroad bridge, left. Three equestrians can be seen on the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge, center. Automobiles travel on the new bridge and pedestrians can be seen strolling on the south walk. (Too bad no boats can be seen.) Author Frederic Abendschein passed away this week. His book is available at local booksellers and at Arcadia Publishing. (See related photograph below.) Also of interest: ‘Columbia, Marietta, Wrightsville’ book feeds your sense of discovery and York County’s Wildcat Falls former peaceful Susquehanna River picnic venue and The view from Chickies Rock: Little Pittsburgh on the banks of the Susquehanna River?.

Neat stuff from all over … .

The public will have an opportunity to see a free program, “History, Restoration and Preservation of Dill’s Tavern,” on Dec. 11.
The York County Heritage Trust’s Second Saturday program will feature Sam McKinney, a professional historic builder and restorer.
“Dating back to 1794, Dill’s Tavern was recently rehabilitated as an interpretive and educational facility where visitors could learn about an array of business ventures and life during the 18th century,” a Trust release states… .

According to the release: “The tavern was one of several business ventures at Dill’s Tavern and Plantation with regular shipments of whiskey being produced and sent to Baltimore, Maryland. Dill’s Tavern is a twelve room, store structure that was erected from 1794-1819. Other business ventures included a large farm, a mill and a productive distillery all of which kept family members, indentured servants, hired hands and even slaves busy. The tavern remained open until the 1830s.”
A near record: Julie Carson rolled games of 279, 299 and 265 for a 843 series at East Lincoln Lanes, third highest rolled by a York County female bowler. Read more.
On Facebook: The new book that Scott Mingus and I will published in April, “Civil War Voices from York County,” now has a Facebook page.
Blog post of the day: Actor Leslie Nielson, who died this week, performed in York County in the 1950s. Yorkblogger Erin McCracken tells that story in “Local remembers Leslie Nielsen performing with area theater students.”
Forum of the day, The Exchange: Who is rightful owner of area boys’ basketball scoring record? Will it be Jacob Iati or Frank Hawkins?

According to “Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville:” The last train crossed the 1897 railroad bridge in 1948. In 1963, a contractor received a bid to dismantle the structure for scrap. Work started on the Columbia side, so that’s Wrightsville in the background. The piers, which held three bridges, have been empty since. To learn more about the six bridges that have crossed the river, visit: Absorbing photo and overlay show locations of six Susquehanna River bridges.
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