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Red Lion, then and now: ‘Welcome to a popular page on our web site’

The Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad station is seen in Red Lion in this 1904 photograph. This photo, with a current photo below, is part of a “Then and Now” photo feature on Red Lion’s Web site.Visitors are greeted with: ‘Welcome to a popular page on our web site.’ Also of interest: Old Baltimore tunnel an intriguing reminder of the ‘Ma’ in Ma & Pa Railroad and Ma & Pa rabbit trains: ‘I hope they thoroughly hosed out the cars.’ and York County railroading: ‘Something that gets into your blood.’

The Red Lion Area Historical Society is doing all kinds of neat historical stuff.
They’re in charge of transforming an old blue caboose to a rehabbed red caboose.
They displayed how to hand roll cigars on New Year’s Eve.
Members sponsor a monthly lecture on some aspect of Red Lion or county history.
The organization is renovating the old Ma & Pa Railroad Station in Red Lion.
And they’re clearly participating in a then and now presentation on the borough’s Web page.

This is a 2002 photograph of the current station. Visitors are informed: “The Red Lion Area Historical Society has acquired the building and is in the process of restoration.”
It’s an intriguing page, showing photos of old landmarks in town and then carefully trying to photograph them at the same or similar angle.
People love to compare old and new photographs.
Along these lines, the York County Heritage Trust, the largest of such organizations, is sponsoring an exhibit: “Then and Now: A Historic and Modern Visual Tour of York County, Pennsylvania Exhibit.”
Its opening is set for 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St.
Here’s its description:

All things change with time and a new temporary exhibit at the Historical Society Museum explores just that! Join the York County Heritage Trust as we celebrate change in York County with displays and artifacts, historic photographs, maps, and prints juxtaposed with current images and objects. See how York County has changed over the years from York City to the outlying boroughs. Then and Now celebrates the York County Heritage Trust’s 10th Anniversary and the history of York County and the historical organizations within it.

The Red Lion Area Historical Society and York County Heritage Trust workers are among an unsung army of history enthusiasts who are preserving heritage in towns – large and small – throughout York County. (For a list of these organizations and their sites, click here.)
For yet another view of the Red Lion station, a colorized mural in Commerce Bank, click here.