For more than 140 years, the City of York has served travelers as not only the "Crossroads of the Midwest," but also the "Crossroads of America." Strategically located at the intersection of Interstate 80 and Highway 81, York was once a resting place for weary pioneers traveling west. The original road ranches have now given way to a multitude of hotels, restaurants, and amenities for thousands of guests passing through every day.
York began as a point of reference for thousands of pioneers' migration along the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails. In 1869, freight stops and road ranches dotted the trails, particularly in York County. As the railroads began arriving in the early 1870s, the city began to grow as a regional farm trading center and travel stop. The fertile and rich soil prompted many people to stay. The city of York was founded in 1869, incorporated, and designated as the county seat in 1870. By 1877, the community boasted 600 residents as the Burlington Railroad built a line to York.
Today, York's population has grown to over 8,000 residents. York offers all of the character of a small town with the advantages of a more populated city. Abundant with historical attractions, entertainment venues, recreational facilities, and eating establishments, there is always something to see or do in York.