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How a bird saw the York Mall/York County Shopping Center in 1971

This is the view of the York Mall/York County Shopping Center area of Springettsbury Township in 1971, courtesy of York County, Pa., resident Stephen H. Smith. Stephen helps us understands what’s where with his neat notations. And he has the date of this Farm Service Agency photograph, Aug. 11, 1971. (Click to enlarge.) Also of interest: How stores moved to suburbia: From top dog and hot dogs to dogfight and dog days in York County, Pa.

Yorktownsquare.com readers have seen aerial photos of the early days of the York Mall/York County Shopping Center looking east to west. And west to east.

Now Stephen Smith has provided a top to bottom shot, straight down at this shopping hub – and it was the York-area shopping hub – in 1971. (The view, probably through a special built hole in the floor of an airplane, is enough to make a bird airsick.)

Stephen provided these detailed notes (with some punctuation added) of what we’re seeing:

The upper road in the photo is Whiteford Road, basically extending from Beasley Ford on the left side to Avalong on the right side of the photo. As of Aug 11, 1971, one sees that the grading has begun for the Mt. Zion Road / Rt. 30 Bypass Interchange, a little grading has started between the Caterpillar Manufacturing Plant and Whiteford Road, and no grading has started for the Memory Lane Interchange or on the Rt. 30 Bypass between the Caterpillar Parts Distribution Warehouse and Whiteford Road. Whiteford Road had not yet been shifted behind the businesses located along Whiteford Road near where the Memory Lane Interchange would be completed in 1972.

East Market Street runs along the lower part of the photo. I was puzzled to see it noted as Route 462 until I was informed that the notes were added by the Farm Service Agency in the following year (s). Looking in newspaper ads, I see businesses that do not use Market Street addresses still refer to Route 30 through the end of 1972; i.e. a York Mall ad of 22 Nov 1972 notes their location as Lincoln Highway (Route 30) East.

From York newspaper accounts in days after the Route 30 Bypass opened, Market Street is now Route 462. From the Daily Record issue of Sat. Nov. 25, 1972 page: “Having tortured my way through the traffic on the old route – which, incidentally, is now state Route 462 . . . .” From The York Dispatch issue of Fri. Nov. 24, 1972 back page: “With the opening of the full 20 miles extending from a point near Thomasville to Columbia on the Lancaster County side of the river, the new artery now becomes officially designated as U.S. 30,” according to John D. Raborn, York County superintendent for PennDOT.

What happens to old U.S. 30? According to Raborn, the hard-traveled highway now becomes Pennsylvania Traffic Route 462 but retains its nationwide identity as the Lincoln Highway. . . . “Although the road [U.S. 30] is open, Raborn said some work is still in progress on the roadway, especially around the Mount Zion interchange.”

Not only does Stephen help us understand the precise date the Route 30 bypass opens, he also informs us how Route 30 became Route 30 and Route 462, Route 462.

York County views from on the air:
Just try to resist studying this memory-tugging photograph
Just try to resist this memory-tugging photo of North York’s White Oak Park
Just try to resist this memory-tugging aerial photograph of York Whitehull Airport and York Valley Inn and Playland and …
So, can you find long-gone Springwood Park in this aerial photograph?
Camp Security area of Springettsbury Township from the air
Just try to resist this memory-tugging photograph of northwest York, Pa.
Building No. 11 in Springettsbury Township. What was it then and what is it now?

Other views
Check out additional aerial views of York County.