Opened in 1966 in the small town of Spring Grove, PA, Altland’s Ranch was the first official LGBTQ+ bar in the York area, and was the longest running LGBTQ+ bar in the county.
Altland’s Ranch was space for the LGBTQ+ community make their own. It was known for hosting drag balls, discos, and particularly Halloween parties.
“And Altland’s Ranch was the great one for Halloween. Everybody was there, you know. And – and that had grown to be a much bigger and better place…” – Nikki Knerr
Altland’s Ranch became more than just a party space, it was also a space for LGBTQ+ community groups to use for programs and became a type of community center for the LGBTQ+ community in the York area.
Altland’s Ranch closed in 2016.