Saturday, July 12, 2014

Postcard mailed in July 1910 featuring High Rock in York County

This postcard from more than a century ago features a geological formation called High Rock here in York County. I am not sure precisely where this wall of white stone is located and will have to crowd-source it a bit with some of our local historians. (My best guess is that it's somewhere in southwestern York County, and the Pennsylvania Gazetteer pinpoints a "High Rock" as being located northeast of Hanover and west of Spring Grove. But is that the High Rock shown on this postcard?)

The card was postmarked in York on July 28, 1910, and mailed to Miss Georgia B. Klinefelter of Cooperstown, New York.1 The message on the back is faded and smudged, but this is what I can make out:
Dear Friend,
If for any cause you should be called home, kindly drop me a card as soon as convenient. In that event I may purchase round trip ticket to North field and it must be ordered in advance.

The hot [indecipherable] is broken and this morning it is some what cooler. Will write you soon. Lovingly - M. July 27, '10.
As a final note, this postcard was made in Germany and sold by F.W. Woolworth & Co. of York. That company had some important ties to Lancaster, York and Harrisburg here in southcentral Pennsylvania during its early years.

1. Georgia Klinefelter must have moved around (or traveled) quite a bit. And then all of her postcards ended up in the antiques store in York New Salem, where I purchased them. I have previously featured three other postcards that were mailed to her:


  1. I am not 100% sure but I think this rock formation is along the Codorus Creek. It is on the south side of the creek about a mile beyond the North Sherman bridge that crosses the Codorus just beyond the Springettsbury Township Sewage Treatment Plant. This rock formation is along the remains of the old Codorus Canal. You used to be able to get to it through a path off of Old Toad Road close to the legendary Mad doctor's House or "Gates of Hell" My brother-in-law grew up in that area and his grandfather operated a sawmill along the Codorus Creek not far from this rock formation. The sawmill was located about 3/4ths to a mile beyond the Sherman Street bridge. When my brother-in-law saw my exact postcard, he immediately recognized it, he told me about the stone and walkway and how he often walked there.

  2. Perhaps "high rock" is descriptive, and not an actual name of the outcropping.