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Where was the arsenal on Arsenal Road?
Jerry Ambrose wondered recently about why York’s stretch of Route 30 is known as Arsenal Road.
I wasn’t aware of a true arsenal ever being there.
I checked with a local historian, and she confirmed my best thinking.
During World War II, York Safe and Lock, later operated by the U.S. Navy and Blaw-Knox, made Bofors anti-aircraft guns. These guns were widely used on Navy ships. (Part of the Harley-Davidson plant now occupies this building,)
A second explanation might come from the U.S. Army Reserves facility near Route 30.
If anyone can enlighten Jerry — and me — on this, please post.