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The single largest municipality in York County is the City of York. Its history dates from 1741, when the town was laid out at the intersection of the Codorus Creek and Monocacy Trail. The Second Continental Congress met in York in 1777 1778, adopting the Articles of Confederation and declaring the first national Thanksgiving. During the Civil War, York was the largest town north of the Mason-Dixon Line to be occupied by Confederate Troops. In the early 1900s, York was known for its automobile industry.

Today, the City of York serves as the seat of York County and is the nucleus for business and the arts. The downtown area contains one of the largest urban historic districts in the nation and the community has been honored as an All America City Finalist 2000 and winner of a 1998 Great American Main Street award. There are a variety of housing options within city limits, from the urban feel of the restored brick townhouses along Market Street and South Newberry Street to the suburban feel of the grand homes in the Springdale neighborhood near York Hospital.

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