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York, Pa., Schmidt & Ault sign refurbished: A sign of the times?

Linked in/Neat stuff: Dr. Harry Wildasin, York County achiever/Camp Scott
There’s a new sign in town. Or a redone sign, at least. (It’s kind of a sticker, not repainted). But is it a sign of the times? Will the rest of the King’s Mill/Schmidt & Ault/Smurfit-Stone complex – dating back to the late 1700s – receive a similar facelift? Will the historic and architecturally significant manor house be part of any renovations? Owner York College of Pennsylvania holds this geographically significant property, right across the Penn Street Bridge from York City’s west end. (See ‘before’ photo below.) Also of interest: Check out this map of York College’s expanding presence.

Schmidt & Ault Paper Company Submitted

The rehabbed sign unblurs the high-water-mark lines from the 1933 and 1972 Codorus Creek floods. Another prominent sign, on the building’s west end, has not been restored. Also of interest: See the Schmidt & Ault complex from this bird’s-eye view.

Other neat stuff from all over … .

York County proud:


Dr. Harry Wildason is a graduate of Hanover’s Eichelberger High School, earned a doctorate from Penn State (dairy science) and taught at the University of Connecticut for three decades. He’s also a World War II veteran and fought (and was wounded) in the Battle of Iwo Jima. He is retired, living in Carleton-Willard Village in Bedford, Mass. Another super-achiever from York County, Pa.

Planning history: The York County Planning Commission is  beginning to prepare a county Historic Preservation Plan. “This will be the first comprehensive preservation plan for the County and will help guide future historic preservation decisions at the County level,” a county spokesman wrote.

Great to hear this. It might run order through chaos often associated with historic preservation.

Remember Bear’s?

We’ve heard a lot about Bon-Ton’s Tearoom over the years. But here’s another popular eatery, Bear’s Cafeteria, circa 1965.  ‘I united 2 plein-air drawings in “one” for your dining pleasure! … Back to the Future!’ artist Cliff Satterthwaite wrote.

Another artist at work: This is Camp Scott, courtesy of a Harper’s artist. Can you ID its location early in the Civil War. Just click on the links.