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The art and soul of York from the air: Linked in with neat York County history stuff, Dec. 15, 2011


No, this isn’t the same photograph from the Eddie Schaeberle collection we posted on yorktownsquare.com the other day: ‘A 1960s view of Continental Square from the air.’ But it tells a bit more about the story of York. The Continental Square photograph in the previous post showed York City’s heart – the square – at its strongest. This photo captures Central Market, left center, at the Philadelphia and Beaver streets intersection. That is the heart of York’s Arts District today, and the strongest retail and nightlife in the city resides in and around that intersection. And the Central Market is an important part of it all. The center of town, in effect, has moved north and west by a couple of blocks in four decades. The pull from that direction might increase with the development of the Northwest Triangle, outside this photo’s left frame. Meanwhile, struggling Continental Square, top center, is looking forward to some rehabbing. (See a host of links to other aerial views of York County below.) Also of interest: Obscure F.O.E. building to become colorful beacon of York, Pa.’s renaissance.

Neat stuff from all over … .

Well, the case of the Wandering Woman has been positively solved.

The Carlisle Sentinel reports that Jamestown, N.Y., cemetery operator Sam Genco came down to make a positive I.D.  of “Silence.”

The cemetery marker has been absent from her cemetery homestead in Jamestown for decades.

But cemetery sleuth Sam tracked her down, with a little assist, I might add, from yorktownsquare.com.

As for “Silence’s” future? You find all that at ‘Reunited: Man finds statue in Carlisle after long search.’

Reader responds: Bill Schmeer wrote after seeing one of the yorktownsquare.com installments on the wandering woman:

“When you think about  this journey of a piece of marble that must weigh ‘a ton’ (one must be discreet when speaking of a woman’s weight) that began before the turn of
the last century, it’s nothing less than remarkable. You wonder what she
thought of the passing parade, especially those who stopped to admire and to
wonder who she was and what she was thinking about.

“The story leaves one question unanswered – two actually – the first and most important is the name Miller on the plinth. She was originally placed at the tomb of James Prendergast, founder of Jamestown and nowhere between then and now is the name Miller mentioned. It makes you wonder if there isn’t a prequel to her journey. The second question is in the text describing the positioning of Silence’s hands, noting that —

” ‘The statue is that of a seated woman who looks thoughtful. Her chin rests in
her right hand, while her left hand cups her left elbow.’ ”

New story form: Read about the Yorktowne Hotel’s rescue from the Sheriff’s Sale list via Storify.

Blog post of the day: Cannonball’s Scott Mingus tells readers that registration is now open for “Gettysburg in History and Memory.

Forum of the day: Only York’s Joan Concilio is conducting a poll: Instead of Ask Joan, today Joan is asking you!

York County views from on the air:
Just try to resist studying this memory-tugging photograph
Just try to resist studying this memory-tugging Sears photograph, Part II
Just try to resist this memory-tugging photo of North York’s White Oak Park
Just try to resist this memory-tugging aerial photograph of York Whitehull Airport and York Valley Inn and Playland and …
So, can you find long-gone Springwood Park in this aerial photograph?
Camp Security area of Springettsbury Township from the air
Columbia-Wrightsville Susquehanna River bridges from the air.
Just try to resist this memory-tugging photograph of northwest York, Pa.
Just try to resist this memory-tugging aerial photograph of York’s Roosevelt Avenue Airport.
Memorial Stadium, now Bob Hoffman Stadium, built to keep professional baseball in York.