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Seven Valleys in York County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Hanover Junction Vital Crossroads

 
 
Hanover Junction Vital Crossroads Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 1, 2008
1. Hanover Junction Vital Crossroads Marker
Inscription. As its name implies, Hanover Junction was once a transportation hub. It's where the Northern Central Railway met the Hanover Branch Railroad, which traveled west to Hanover and Gettysburg. Look to your right and you'll see the restored track split.
The two lines, linked up in 1852, were intended to deliver agricultural bounty of the region and iron ore from local mines to markets up and down the East Coast. During the Civil War, thousands of soldiers wounded at Gettysburg were processed here and sent to hospitals in York and Baltimore.
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Endangered Building In its heyday, the station, originally built in 1852, included a telegraph office, hotel rooms, and living quarters fro the stationmaster and his family. In 1929, the railroad sold the building to a private owner. By the 1970s, when this picture was taken, the station was a shell of its former self.
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Saving the Station
The station was purchased and transferred to York County in 1977. Now listed on National Register of Historic Places, it received extensive renovations from 1999 to 2001. It reopened on November 18, 2001, the anniversary of a historic visit from President Abraham Lincoln, who stopped on his way to deliver the Gettysburg Address.
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Trains from Hanover discharged passengers
Hanover Junction Vital Crossroads Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 27, 2010
2. Hanover Junction Vital Crossroads Marker
at point A, then back to point B from which a running switch was made to Point C where the engine was cut from the train and moved into the turntable at point D. Engine was turned and moved to switch D, then back to E and coupled to train.
Northern Central Railway and connecting lines, 1862.
 
Location. 39° 50.643′ N, 76° 46.639′ W. Marker is in Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker is on Glen Road Road PA 616 0.3 miles south of Junction Road, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Seven Valleys PA 17360, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hanover Junction (a few steps from this marker); 3-inch Rifles (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of Commercial Ice Cream Production (approx. 0.8 miles away); York Iron Company Mine (approx. 1.9 miles away); Glatfelter Station (approx. 2.6 miles away); Honor Roll (approx. 3.9 miles away); Jefferson Public Square (approx. 3.9 miles away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 3.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Seven Valleys.
 
Also see . . .  Hanover Junction. Gettysburg Daily article on the railroad junction. (Submitted on December 4, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Restored Train Station image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 1, 2008
3. Restored Train Station
 
 
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Hanover Junction Vital Railroad Crossroads image. Click for full size.
Courtesy United States Archives - 1863 Hanover Junction
4. Hanover Junction Vital Railroad Crossroads
This 1863 photo shows the lay of the railroad track. It is also believed that Abraham Lincoln can be seen on the station platform in his top hat. (Click photo for a full view.)
Heritage Rail Trail County Park image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 1, 2008
5. Heritage Rail Trail County Park
Hanover Junction is on the Heritage Rail Trail, extending from New Freedom to York, PA
Heritage Trail image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 1, 2008
6. Heritage Trail
Metal art work in foreground and railroad tracks with Hanover Junction Station in background.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,329 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   4. submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.   5, 6. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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