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Part III: York, Pa., without the Yorktowne Hotel? Unimaginable.

The Yorktowne Hotel stands brightly in this 2006 York (Pa.) Daily Record/Sunday News photograph. The hotel, facing a sheriff’s sale, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It boasts 121 guest rooms and 10,000 square feet of banquet and meeting space. (See interior photograph below.) Also of interest: WW II air raid siren from atop Yorktowne: ‘The plan is to get it to work’ and York, Pa., without the Yorktowne Hotel? Unimaginable. and Part II: York, Pa., without the Yorktowne Hotel?.

The Yorktowne Hotel has served visitors to York, Pa., of all stripes.
Vacationers. Genealogists. Conventioneers. Meeting attendee. Club members.
The Yorktowne’s 70th anniversary book, “Overnight Success” tells about another class of visitors, that brings you back to the “Music Man.” …

A couple exchange vows in the George Washington Room in late 2006.
Early on, the Yorktowne Hotel attracted drummers – salesmen pushing men’s clothing, women’s lingerie, china and jewelry.
The Yorktowne rented 15 supersized sample rooms, which provided lodging and served as daytime showrooms for the drummers’ wares.
Those rooms came specially equipped.
They featured folding beds that disappeared from view.
I told that story about the Yorktowne and strung together recent posts about the building that has housed Diehl Candy/Gregory’s/Codo 28 as well as some lessons from Martin Library’s 75th anniversary in my York Sunday News column (11/7/10): Landmarks of York.
Also of interest:
World War II-era air raid siren discovered atop Yorktowne Hotel.
What did Tiny Tim and Richard Nixon have in common?

Yorktowne Hotel offers a variety of memories
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