Creek and Rail
Heritage Rail Trail County Park
The Codorus Creek attracted this area's first European settlers, who used its water to power mills. The Creek's flat floodplain was also ideal territory for trains. In 1839, the Baltimore and Susquehanna, forerunner of the Northern Central Railway, built a station nearby. Soon, the little settlement became a real town, receiving its own post office in 1843. Access to trains allowed the mills to expand their business. By the 1880s, products made in Glen Rock included flour, rope, twine, window sashes, and carriages.
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What's in a Name?
This town was originally called Heathcote Station, after the man who owned most of the area. In fact, it was William Heathcote who suggested "Glen Rock." The name refers to both the town's location (a glen is a small, secluded valley) and a prominent rock outcrop exposed by railroad construction.
Glen Rock is naturally flood-prone. After all, a creek runs right through the town's center. Also, when it rains, water races down the steep hills surrounding the town and collects in the stream. In 1972, Hurricane Agnes caused the worst flood in Glen Rock's history.
Glen Rock c.1900
Historic images from the collection of the York County Heritage Trust, York, PA
Erected by York County
Location. 39° 47.66′ N, 76° 43.937′ W. Marker is in Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker is at the intersection of Water Street and Heritage Rail Trail Park crossing, on the left when traveling south on Water Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Glen Rock PA 17327, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trains, Grains, and More Trains (here, next to this marker); The Original Glen Rock Carol Singers (a few steps from this marker); The Glen Rock Woolen-Flour & Feed Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Cold Spring Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Roland Forrest Seitz (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Item Building / Bixler's (about 700 feet away); The First National Bank (about 700 feet away); Glen Rock Auditorium (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Glen Rock.
Also see . . . History of Glen Rock, Pennsylvania. (Submitted on April 11, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.