Creek and Rail

Creek and Rail (HM1JZ1)

Location: Glen Rock, PA 17327 York County
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N 39° 47.66', W 76° 43.937'

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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.

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
HM NumberHM1JZ1
Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceTown
Marker TypeHistoric District
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Placed ByYork County Parks
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, April 11th, 2015 at 6:01pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 351686 N 4406365
Decimal Degrees39.79433333, -76.73228333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 47.66', W 76° 43.937'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 47' 39.6000" N, 76° 43' 56.2200" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)717
Can be seen from road?No
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Heritage Rail Trail County Park, Glen Rock PA 17327, US
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