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When you enjoy this view from Chickies Rock, how how high above the Susquehanna are you?

Linked in/Neat stuff: Star Barn to move/The Inn at Lincoln Square

How high is Chickies Rock, across the Susquehanna River from eastern York County in Lancaster County? The Chickies Rock County Park website lists it at 100 feet. When you’re up there – as was the York, Pa., Daily Record’s Anthony Machcinski in capturing this impressive view – it seems higher than 100 feet. Then you hear of two climbers scaling 3,000-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in California and you realize their accomplishment. Here’s the county park’s thumbnail explanation of Chickies Rock: ‘The most notable feature in the park is Chickies Rock, a massive outcropping of quartzite rock towering 100 feet above the river. The vista offers impressive views of York county, the borough of Marietta, and farmlands of northwestern Lancaster County. Chickies Rock County Park is also a collection of historical treasures. The area once boasted seven iron furnaces and rolling mills, a canal and a local trolley line. Remnants of several furnaces, canal walls, and trolley-line grades are still visible.’ Also of interest: The view from Chickies Rock: Little Pittsburgh on the banks of the Susquehanna River?

Other neat stuff from all over … .


Stephen H. Smith, over at YorksPast, introduced a building type that I never ran across – a mill warehouse.

Here’s his explanation of this familiar building – the Hauser Mill Warehouse – along the old Lincoln Highway in Stonybrook:

“The distinctive brick mill building at 3780 East Market Street, just west of the Ettline Victorian House, had its beginnings as a mill warehouse.

“The mill warehouse was purposefully situated adjacent to the busy road and railroad; it was used as a general warehouse and serviced the Hauser Grist Mill, located back a lane at this location.” Read more about this building and all kinds of other interesting stories about York County at Stephen’s YorkPast blog.


pond_500 The Star Barn, that landmark you see on your way to the Harrisburg airport, is going to be moved … to Lancaster County. It will be dismantled and relocated to Ironstone Ranch in West Donegal Township. Read more at Lancaster Online and PennLive. Photo courtesy York Daily Record.


inn-1-L The Inn at Lincoln Square, a familiar building on Gettysburg’s square seen here in this Evening Sun photo, has a new owner. Check out The Evening Sun’s in Hanover’s report: History of a Civil War-era house in photos


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