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‘What’s that large swath of cleared land?’ Linked in with neat York County history stuff – July 18, 2011

This photograph shows the size of the natural gas pipeline that Spectra Energy is running along a utility right of way through much of southeastern York County, Pa. York County has several pipelines hauling water, oil and other products underground. Two noteworthy pipelines – the Big Inch and Little Big Inch were run across York County in World War II, piping petroleum to the east coast. The current natural gas pipeline has not seemed to disturb Chimney Rock, as feared. For more on this natural gasline project, visit: What’s that large swath of cleared land in southern York County? Also of interest: Web site filled with wealth of York County geological info and Iron-mine-turned-into-party-spot turned into York County park and Gurgling all the way from Texas to New Jersey.

Neat stuff from all over … .

Workers are renovating the covered bridge that spans the Yellow Breeches Creek on Messiah College’s Grantham campus.

That’s the bridge connecting Cumberland and York counties or the main Messiah campus with its York County-based athletic complex.

It’s the last traffic-bearing covered bridge touching York County.

A Messiah news release states that the bridge, constructed in 1867 and moved from Bowmansdale in 1972, is structurally sound… .

“The restoration work primarily involves replacing wood siding and cedar shingles,” the release states. “… The bridge has been closed to vehicle and foot traffic during restoration. It is expected to reopen in mid-August.”
Fitzgerald’s Heavy Timber Construction, Inc. of Maryland, a timber framing specialist, is undertaking the renovations.
Something to behold: Dianne Bowders flagged this map of Pennsylvania fromt he 1700s. In those days, York County covered land now part of Adams County: “A Map of Pennsylvania.”
Event of the week: Wayne Motts will present at the monthly meeting of the York Civil War Roundtable. Yorkblogger Scott Mingus previews this free meeting.
Forum of the day: Exchangers are debating the pros and cons of ending Saturday postal delivery.

Diggers are sifting to find evidence of Mary Ann Furnace in southwestern York County.


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Video and photo courtesy of the York Daily Record/Sunday News.