Our Town York: History

Here's a little known fact, York wasn't always just York. There was a time back in the late 19th century when there was also a 'New York'.

Kent Bedient is a York historian and the curator of the Palmer Museum, "People were going out to California to find gold and they were going through here by the hundreds and thousands of them right along the creek at the south end of York here. And I think that by nature some people just decided to stay or they ran out of money, I think there were many reasons why this all happened."

Kent says in the 1870's and 1880's, the usage of alcohol divided York into the wet side of town and the dry side of town, "If you wanted to drink you had to go to New York, which was the section of the town north of the railroad tracks and the rest of the town voted to be dry, there was a very, very active and forceful temperance movement to keep to keep York dry."

That situation didn't last long, "For awhile anyway, New York had some saloons but was eventually incorporated back. It became one town eventually. I think they were interested in founding an upright community."

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