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Found: One slate-roofed York County outhouse – Linked in with neat history stuff – July 10, 2011


York countian Dianne Bowders captures this image of a small slate-roofed outhouse in the woods behind the Coulsontown miners cottages. That outhouse, or one like it, was the subject of a query a couple of years ago from a Seattle man: Wanted: One slate-roofed privy from Delta, Pa. From commenting on that post, there might be more than one slate-roofed outhouse. Dianne’s photos was submitted to Your Photos, along with several other images from the restored Welsh quarrymen’s village in southeastern York County, Pa. Also of interest: One-room school reunions preserve educational culture of thousands of York countians and Part I: York County, Pa., outhouse rules: From honey dippers to privy diggers Wheatland Mansion tour: ‘We don’t know if President Buchanan used the tub.’

Neat stuff from all over … .
A video showing a hazy York illustrated a recent bad air day (see video below.)
That makes one wonder how bad the air around York was when all those smokestacks around town were working.
I’ve never seen a discussion on how smoggy and hazy the Codorus Creek valley was around York in its industrial heyday, say 1880 to 1980… .
But at recent presentation on the anthracite iron furnaces in the Marietta-Columbia region, June Evans said the air quality in along that stretch of the Susquehanna River would have been Pittsburgh like… .

This video captures a hazy day in York last week. For more on Susquehanna anthracite furnances, see: The view from Chickies Rock: Little Pittsburgh on the banks of the Susquehanna River?
June presented on the furnaces on the east bank of the Susquehanna, plus one in Wrightsville on the west bank at a recent Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area lecture.
In fact, Rivertownes U.S.A’s site about the anthracite furnaces calls the area in the height of the furnace operations – 1845-1900- as “Little Pittsburgh.”
Upcoming exhibit: Pennypacker Mills, a historic house museum located in Schwenksville that is owned and operated by Montgomery County, is the former home of Samuel W. Pennypacker.
He was the governor of Pennsylvania from 1903-1907, and the house is fully furnished with items from his collection.
He was also a member of the 26th PA Emergency Regiment. Next year, the museum will open an exhibit titled “Call to Arms! Emergency Militia in Pennsylvania During the Gettysburg Campaign.” Part of exhibit will cover the Battle of Wrightsville, where the units being honored fought.
Put that upcoming exhibit on your calendar.
Award winner: The Civil War Dance Foundation has been named the Reenactment Unit of the Year by the Civil War Trust in recognition of our commitment to preserving America’s Civil War heritage. For our a schedule of the group’s appearances, visit www.CivilWarDance.org.
Blog post of the day: York’s Trinity United Methodist Church congregation has officially said its goodbye and the 100-plus year old structure is for sale. Many in the congregation are attending Fourth United Methodist Church. Yorkblogger June Lloyd reflects on: Changes at York’s Trinity U.M. Church over the Years
Forum of the day: Only York’s Joan Concilio is getting comments on her post: Potpie recipes, plus something yummy to make with pie crust
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