Hanover in York County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Animals.
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). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hanover PA 17331, 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. A different marker also named Passenger Pigeon (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mary Ann Forge and Furnace 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); Pleasant Hill Hotel Becomes Hospital (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hanover.
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.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 1, 2009, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,649 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on May 7, 2011, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 1, 2009, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.