York in York County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Watershed Through Time
We rely on the water to irrigate crops and power businesses. At home, we need access to clean drinking, bathing, and cooking water. Many of us love the watershed's wooded hills, meandering streams, and abundant wildlife.
Osprey • Watershed Resident
(Pandion haliaetus) The “fish hawk” was nearly extinct from this area, but has made a comeback in the 1990’s due to pesticide restrictions. It flies above water in search of fish.
Farming has played a major role in the watershed's history since the first European settlers arrived, reaching its peak in the early 1900s. This photograph, taken in 1944, is of the E. Kilgore farm.
In 2004, 28% of the watershed was devoted to farmland. Products include grains, peaches, apples, corn, potatoes, eggs, and livestock.
From the late 1700s to the early 1900s, the creek supported 16 mills, including the Keystone Factory and Grist Mill.
Products from local mills ranged from flour and vegetable oils to lumber and cloth. All the mills are gone now, but businesses still flourish in the watershed.
These stone tools were found in the Loganville area. Many native peoples have lived in the watershed over the course of human history.
German immigrants settled here in 1728. English, Irish, and Scotch settlers soon followed. Today, there are over 17,000 households in the watershed, with residents from many different ethnic backgrounds.
Native Americans hunted and fished throughout the watershed. Later arrivals also enjoyed its beauty and bounty. These swimmers cool off in South Branch Codorus Creek, near Days Mill Road.
Today boaters, cyclists, canoeists, runners, skiers, birdwatchers, and walkers enjoy the East Branch's 2,700 acres of parkland.
Erected by William H. Kain County Park.
Location. 39° 53.859′ N, 76° 42.951′ W. Marker is in York, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker can be reached from South George Street half a mile south of Joppa Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located in William H. Kain County Park, at the Lake Williams/York Reservoir parking Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: York PA 17403, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. York Imperial Apple (approx. 1.8 miles away); Glatfelter Station (approx. 2.4 miles away); York (approx. 3.4 miles away); Veterans Memorial Gold Star Healing & Peace Garden (approx. 3.9 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 3.9 miles away); Purple Heart Memorial (approx. 3.9 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.9 miles away); Soldiers and Sailors of the Late War of the Rebellion (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in York.
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