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When trolley cars clanged all around York County, Pa.

Linked in/Neat stuff: Johnny Appleseed museum/Women at work in West Manchester

One hundred years ago, York County’s trolley system stretched from Bittersville to the southeast to Dover in the northeast. Then from Littlestown in Adams County and Hanover in the southwest to Wrightsville in the east. Here in this special before-and-after slider is the trolley line toward Wrightsville. It shows a car on East Market Street at Harrison Street in 1939, the year the last trolley ran in York County. That’s the old Lincoln Highway Garage, right, in the old photo and the Turkey Hill in the new. The convenience store adapted some elements of the old garage that sat on that site since the early 1920s. Check out other stories and photos in this series: Picturing York. (1939 photo courtesy York County Heritage Trust). Also of interest: Trolleys, trains and automobiles linked Wrightsville and York.


Other neat stuff from all over … .

Diane Smith posed this question in a YorkTownSquare comment recently:

Do you know of a song called “York County Hills I Love You.”

This was told to me by a 97 Year old lady. She can’t remember the words, but remembers singing it when she was young. Can you tell me all the words or let me know where I can get them.

If you can help, visit this story and comment at the bottom where Diane first posed her question.

Women at work


York Township’s Mary M. Myers demonstrate how to work copper into a feather at the recent Menges Mills Historic Horse, Steam and Gas Show  in West Manchester Township. Such shows are common around this region, where craftsmen – and craftswomen – have long worked with their hands.


Hitting the road: Remember Johnny Appleseed? There is a Johnny Appleseed museum, which is going to take the story of this real-life American character on the road. Here’s hoping they’ll make it to York.


 Marquee buildingmarqueeYork Sunday News columnist Gordon Freireich explores why a marquee graces this South Queen Street building. Gordon does this well – giving life to everyday sites around York County.

Firemen’s fun
Firemen's Association, South George Street, York, Pa., District
Cliff Satterthwaite captured this 1967 scene of a bingo pavilion at a Firemen’s Association event. He lists the location as South George Street in York. Recall this?


History mystery: One old building, several uses in a long lifetime: