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Passenger Pigeon

 
 
Passenger Pigeon Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Henry T. McLin, January 1, 2009
1. Passenger Pigeon Marker
Inscription. Across Lake Marburg on the northern horizon lie the Pigeon Hills, once inhabited by thousands of passenger pigeons. The monument at the top of the knoll replaces the original Boy Scout Memorial erected in the Pigeon Hills in 1947. The original memorial was destroyed in 1981. It was rededicated September 12, 1982, and reads as follows:

In the interest of the preservation of wildlife we here dedicate this memorial to the ill-fated passenger pigeon which from earliest pioneer days until the 1880s flocked to these Pigeon Hills. This migratory bird, now extinct, was once so plentiful its numbers darkened the skies.

Dedicated Sunday, October 12, 1947, By the Boy Scouts of America Conewago District of the York - Adams Area Council.
 
Erected 1982.
 
Location. 39° 47.3′ N, 76° 54.05′ W. Marker is in Hanover, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker can be reached from Marina Drive half a mile from Blooming Grove Road (Pennsylvania Route 216). Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hanover PA 17331, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Passenger Pigeon (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mary Ann Forge and Furnace
Passenger Pigeon Marker with Pigeon Hills in left background and Lake Marburg in left background. Photo, Click for full size
By Henry T. McLin, January 1, 2009
2. Passenger Pigeon Marker with Pigeon Hills in left background and Lake Marburg in left background.
(approx. 2 miles away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 2.9 miles away); a different marker also named Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 3.7 miles away); Honor Roll (approx. 3.7 miles away); Jefferson Public Square (approx. 3.7 miles away); In Search of Peace (approx. 3.8 miles away); Pleasant Hill Hotel Becomes Hospital (approx. 4.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hanover.
 
Additional comments.
1. Pigeon Hills
Be careful not to assume that the Pigeon Hills were named for the passenger pigeon. According to Gibson's 1860 History of York County, the largest landowner was named Pigeon and the hills were undoubtedly named for him.
    — Submitted January 1, 2009, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania.

 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 843 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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