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Linked in/Neat stuff, below: Colonial York? Not quite/Pa.’s covered bridges
The answer to the question is S. Forry Laucks, left. But what is the question? Both are part of a history quiz on YorkTownSquare.com It’s one of several quizzes from this blog’s files provided to a community-minded local businesswoman. (Answer is below). Also of interest: Check out these quizzes and (fun) tests from York County’s past.

sforryOK, we’ll  dive into the quizz to give you the question, whose answer is Forry Laucks, right. Q. ‘This York industrialist’s estate, Lauxmont, was the center of a multi-year controversy that was finally settled this year. His company, York Safe & Lock, helped pave the way for the York Plan, which positioned York to receive defense work in World War II.’






A businessowner who cares deeply about York County, Pa., asked several eligible people, including me, to provide some fodder for a local trivia night.

She wanted the trivia to be local, local, local.

So I provided her with several YorkTownSquare quizzes, which I’m sharing in part with you today. Here’s a sampling (and each link has links to other quizzes):

1. 20 questions to prove your York Smarts.

2. 20 more questions to prove your York Smarts.

3. Lists of groundbreaking people who scored firsts.

4. A short test of your Black History knowledge.

Take these, have fun and learn more about our community!

Other neat stuff from all over … .


It’s always interesting to see how outside media characterize York, Pa., when journos visit here.

Belt Magazine recently did a story titled “Redevelopment by Numbers in York, Pa.”

“York, founded in 1741, is aggressively charming, staunchly bureaucratic, and classically Pennsylvanian in its commitment to the preservation of colonial history,” the story said.

Well, it made the mistake people, even locals, fall into.

We have very few buildings left from the Colonial period, 1760-1780s.

Our housing and other building stock would be from the Industrial Revolution/late Victorian era – circa 1900.

That aside, the story concentrated on the arts as the stuff of the city’s comeback.

It ended:

“Investing in the arts has given York, once in freefall, a foothold. The artists provide new definition for a city overwhelmed with history: a city of scraps became a playground for industrial design; a vacant house became the living room for a community. ‘Let’s face it,’ (York City official) Buffaloe says as he flips through the Artspace proposal, its outlined empty lots seemingly brimming with possibility, ‘if nobody cared what they did after work we’d all be living in North Dakota right now.’ “


auctionArtist Cliff Satterthwaite recalls that this auction house is on the north end of North George Street near the bridge. Ring a bell with anyone?More art from Cliff: Satterthwaite category.








None in York County: I ran across this website detailing Pennsylvania covered bridges. As we know, the county has no covered bridges in their original locations


History Mystery: Check out your knowledge of York, Pa.

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Posted by York Daily Record/Sunday News on Tuesday, April 28, 2015