Hanover in York County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Inventions of Hanover
Fitz Water Wheel
In the 19th century the I-X-L steel overshoot water wheel was developed and manufactured by Fitz Water Wheel Company of Hanover. The wheel superior efficiency made it widely used into the 20th century. By 1915, it was being used in over 300 mills in Pennsylvania, 40 of them in York County, throughout the U. S. and internationally.
Wire Cloth Loom
In 1903, a loom invented by William Kintzing, a young Hanover mechanic, enabled Hanover Wire Cloth Company to be a leading producer of insect screen cloth throughout the 20th century. Production was crucial during World War II to protect the U.S. military in the Pacific from malaria carrying mosquitoes.
In 1921 the Hanover Motor Car Company began production of a locally developed automobile. Foot brake bands running in a bath of oil caused uncertain stopping, while solid steel axles caused the car to "hop" around corners. These mechanical problems limited production to only about 200 cars.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce Roads & Vehicles • War, World II • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 39° 48.032′ N, 76° 58.968′ W. Marker is in Hanover, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway and Carlisle St., on the left when traveling south on Broadway. Marker is on the SE corner of the town square with 7 other markers about the town of Hanover. 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 walking distance of this marker. 19th Century Industrialization (here, next to this marker); Hanover in the Revolutionary war (here, next to this marker); Richard McAllister (here, next to this marker); Digges' Choice, 1737 (here, next to this marker); Hanover Architecture (here, next to this marker); Culture and Entertainment (here, next to this marker); 20th Century Manufacturing (here, next to this marker); Hanover's Wounded (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hanover.
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 29, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,310 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 29, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.