Businessman, AbolitionistBorn 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.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Pennsylvania Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, January 1st, 2017 at 1:01pm PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 352610 N 4425259|
|Decimal Degrees||39.96465000, -76.72575000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 57.879', W 76° 43.545'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 57' 52.74" N, 76° 43' 32.7" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling East|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 114-128 PA-74, York PA 17401, US|
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