William C. Goodridge Historical

William C. Goodridge Historical (HM1WEZ)

Location: York, PA 17401 York County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 57.879', W 76° 43.545'

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Businessman, Abolitionist

Born into slavery in 1805, William C. Goodridge was sent to York at age six to apprentice as a tanner. At age 16, Goodridge was given his freedom, left York and was trained as a barber. He returned to York in the 1820s. After opening a barber shop on Centre Square, Goodridge rose to prominence as one of York's most successful businessmen. He expanded his store to include imported toys, candies, perfumes, hair remedies, and much more. He also became a property owner and developer, constructing York's first 4.5 story building and owning up to twelve properties at one time. Goodridge began the Reliance Line of railcars, eventually providing service between York and Philadelphia.
In addition to his business ventures, he also became prominent on the Underground Railroad. His properties, including this house as well as Centre Hall on the Square, served as stations. Runaway slaves were hidden in the root cellar of this home, which was accessible via a hidden door in the kitchen floor. The Goodridge railcars were also used to transport runaway slaves to safety. Goodridge was a notable York resident until the mid-1860s, when he left to join family members in Minnesota and thereafter Michigan.
[Photo captions, from left to right, read]:
Photograph of William Goodridge's business - building on left.
William C. Goodridge
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of map of downtown York showing Goodridge's property on the Square in the lower left side
Ad advertisement for William Goodridge's building on Centre Square, York
[All images] Courtesy of the York County Heritage Trust
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HM NumberHM1WEZ
Series This marker is part of the Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Civil War Trails series
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Placed ByPennsylvania Civil War Trails
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, January 1st, 2017 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 352610 N 4425259
Decimal Degrees39.96465000, -76.72575000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 57.879', W 76° 43.545'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 57' 52.74" N, 76° 43' 32.7" W
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Area Code(s)717
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 114-128 PA-74, York PA 17401, US
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