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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Hanover in York County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Passenger Pigeon

Passenger Pigeon Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Henry T. McLin, January 1, 2009
1. Passenger Pigeon Marker
Inscription. 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.

This monument replaces the original Boy Scout Memorial erected in the Pigeon Hills in 1947 which was destroyed in 1981. Across Lake Marburg on the Northern horizon lie the Pigeon Hills once inhabited by thousands of passenger pigeons. This memorial was rededicated Sept. 12, 1982
Erected 1982.
Location. 39° 47.333′ N, 76° 54.067′ W. Marker is in Hanover, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker can be reached from Marina Drive 0.6 miles 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 (approx. 2 miles away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 2.9 miles away); a different marker also named Gettysburg Campaign
Passenger Pigeon Marker upper plaque Photo, Click for full size
By Henry T. McLin, January 1, 2009
2. Passenger Pigeon Marker upper plaque
(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. The naming of the Pigeon Hills
Curiously, the Pigeon Hills were not named after the passenger pigeon. George Prowell’s History of York County, Volume I, Page 93 states,

“The early surveyors and speculators owned many tracts in York County. Among them were Thomas Cookson, surveyor of Lancaster; Edward Shippen of Philadelphia, and Joseph Pidgeon, a surveyor of Philadelphia County, after whom the ‘Pigeon Hills’ were doubtless named.”

Note the spelling of the surveyor is different from the bird’s name. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted May 7, 2011, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania.

Additional keywords.
Passenger Pigeon Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Henry T. McLin, January 1, 2009
3. Passenger Pigeon Marker
extinction, conservation, wildlife, environment,
Categories. Animals
Passenger Pigeon Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Henry T. McLin, January 1, 2009
4. Passenger Pigeon Marker
Lake Marburg and Pigeon Hills in background.
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