York’s Crossing

 
 

Who would ever imagine that a simple watermelon field could become the flashpoint for a century-old battle?  Yet that is exactly what the center of Town at York’s Crossing used to be.


Once Jun Swan became determined to purchase land for Pine Island to own its own War Game site, the first step was to find a practical location.  Drawing a twenty-mile circle around Pine Island on a map, he then sought out affordable land within by making inquiries in person.  Eventually he found Herbert York just outside of Norridgewock, who had just the right type of property at the right price and was interested in making a sale.  It wasn’t a quick deal, though.  Mr. York and his daughter Wilma toured the property with Jun and Tats, and finally a deal was struck allowing the purchase of 100 acres in 1969 (and a second allotment in 1971).  Today’s center of Town is rapidly being reclaimed by forest, but used to be nothing but watermelon vines.



 

1970 - Present

Norridgewock

York’s Crossing

P.I.C.

Armies celebrate War’s end, 2007

An Ivory Tower of Power, 1986

The York’s Crossing showers.  Brrrrr.

At first, the York’s Crossing site was structured similarly to Fogg’s Forks: four Gates and two Breaches, although in 1977 these Breaches became Northwest and Southeast Gates.  The only lingering sign of their humble origins is the fact that both these Gates lack a Blue Flag area, unlike the others. 


Pine Islanders immediately left their mark on York’s Crossing with all manner of inventions and diabolical mechanisms: the King’s X, S-2, Medusa, I-95, The Ivory Towers of Power, and Mrs. Robinson to name a few. 
Perhaps the most diabolical of all was the early War Game showers, a series of pierced gutters that would drizzle frigid rivulets of Alder Brook onto overheated flesh at a rate so gradual as to be considered by many to be inhumane.

 

Unlike the other sites where the War Game has been played, York’s Crossing remains almost completely unperturbed by traffic and interlopers.  A few curiosities include an octagonal house far beyond East Gate that was built by a draft dodger during some war or another, thought lost but recently rediscovered.  There is also what many assume to be an abandoned railroad track nearby, but an impossibly slow freight train lumbers through every once in a great while.  In the eccentric, unchanging setting of York’s Crossing, it seems that Pine Island’s War Game has finally found a home that mirrors itself.