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Muddy Creek Forks, Ma & Pa Railroad village, before and after: Linked in to York County history, Sept. 11, 2012

More neat stuff below: Army Ranger Jordan O’Reilly/One-room schools

This is downtown Muddy Creek Forks in southeastern York County in 1907. As the photograph shows below, not much has changed. In fact, the village has been artfully restored, and Ma & Pa Railroad buffs offer excursion rides. The A.M. Grove country store is the village’s focal point. “Little has changed since the store closed in 1983, so a visit there is a step back in time,” a ydr.com story states. Jerry McCloskey, head of the Ma & Pa Railroad Preservation Society, said in that story: ‘People look at the things in the store and say “wow, I remember when my dad had one of these, or my grandpa talked about one of these.” The older people say “I remember when I had one of these.” ‘ (See a before-and-after photographs of Muddy Creek Forks, plus special fall events, below.) Also of interest: Discovering Muddy Creek Forks.

Neat stuff from all over … .

Jordan O’Reilly is a York Suburban graduate and served in the same Army Ranger unit as Pat Tillman.

He’s a winner of the Pat Tillman Foundation scholarship.

And he will ring the open bell at the New York Stock Exchange today, the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11.

He’s another in a long list of achievers from York Suburban High School. Check out these links for a sampling: York Suburban High School has produced two Rhodes scholars; Two-time Pulitzer winning photographer Greg Walker graduated from York Suburban; and Evan Sharp, who cofounded Pinterest, has York Suburban diploma.

Best of the blogs: Yorkblogger Stephen Smith flags an intriguing, upcoming meeting: “The Stewartstown Historical Society is having a One Room Schools talk on Wednesday Sept. 12. Photographs, Memories, Map locations and More for over 40 One Room Schools will be presented. I have the detailson my blog post.

Today’s forum: Tour de York? Wheelmen raced on York Fair’s track 100 years ago. How about bike races again at fair? Please comment below.

The A.M. Grove story today …

… and in 1907. Upcoming events at the Railroad Heritage Village this fall include: Railroad Heritage Day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 22; a World War I Encampment, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6 and 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 7 and Fall leaf excursions, 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 7, 14 and 21. For more information, check out:

*These photos appeared with Local historical preservation societies share glimpses of the past.