Manheim Township in York County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Communications. A significant historical date for this entry is September 12, 1863.
Location. 39° 47.3′ N, 76° 54.05′ W. Marker is in Manheim Township, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker can be reached from Marina Drive half a mile from Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2600 Smith Station Rd, Hanover PA 17331, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 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 (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); Hanover Civil War Memorial (approx. 3.8 miles away).
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.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 1, 2009, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 989 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 1, 2009, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.