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Just another day in the park: Linked in with neat York County history stuff – Feb. 11, 2011

This colorized 1929 image is another in a series adorning the walls of Metro Bank across southcentral Pennsylvania. This scene, showing the Goodyear Blimp at Lemoyne’s landing field, can be seen in the bank’s Lemoyne office. Cumberland County’s Lemoyne, like Mechanicsburg, is just across the line from York County. Also of interest: Cumberland County collector about bus or train sign: ‘Excited to snag this piece of local history’ and Dempwolf’s Ashcombe Mansion in Cumberland County: ‘I spent a fortune on this house. It’s crazy’ and A bird’s-eye view of Mechanicsburg.

Neat stuff from all over …
Yorkblogger Scott Mingus has a post over at Cannonball telling about Confederate Gen. Jubal Early’s assessment of damage that he wrought in York.
Or rather, the lack of it.
Some folks believe that he burned a rail freight station and other severe damage in his raid across York County in June 1863.
Hate to agree with anything the nasty general said, but Early’s assessment squares with other accounts. He looked at two rail manufacturers but did not burn them lest the whole town went up.

He also observed from his countermarch through York County that there was little evidence that a division had passed through there.
But he underplays one form of vandalism that cost York County dearly – the theft of horses and forage for military purposes.
No small appropriation at a time that horses served the role of tractors today in agriculturally oriented York County.
Read more of Early’s account and Scott Mingus’ assessment.
Upcoming event: “Is Historic Home Preservation the ‘New Green’?”
So read a news release touting the Lancaster Historic Home Show, with the Lancaster Traditional Artist Show at the Lancaster County Convention Center, June 10 -12.
“Preservation – which is maintaining what is existing – is actually the original solution to green building. Maintaining an existing building is naturally green for reasons such as features that are made of sustainable, durable, and repairable materials, creating a smaller carbon footprint than building a new green building, and salvageable and reusable leftover material,” the release stated.
Details: http://www.lancasterhistorichomeshow.com
Recommended blog post of the day: Buffy gathers the best of the best at Buffy’s World: Don’t miss links: From York Fair to Charles Chips to cancer research to Grammy’s

Forum of the day: Exchangers are discussing:
The future of York City.
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– Of course, you can always search for York Town Square posts on Google. For example, when you search for yorktownsquare and Jubal Early, you get this.