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Stubborn Dallastown homeowner provides ultimate ‘Then and Now’ exhibit photographs

Yorktowne Service Store occupies this structure on Dallastown’s main drag, Route 74. The Turkey Hill purchased the left half of the duplex to build a convenience store, but the owner of the other side didn’t want to sell, according to the York County (Pa.) Heritage Trust. The convenience store, today an Italian restaurant, was built up to the house’s side. That’s the “then” photograph. For the “now” photo, see below and here. These photos are part of the Heritage Trust’s “Then and Now” exhibit. (Updating, 3/14/13): The exhibit has since closed. That space has been replaced by the major Civil War exhibit: ‘The Fiery Trial.’) Also of interest: Red Lion, then and now: ‘Welcome to a popular page on our web site’ and On Second Saturdays: ‘It’s really cool that the Heritage Trust started this program’ and Postcards tell story of York County community.

Former York Daily Record/Sunday News photographer Bil Bowden took thousands and thousands of photographs of York County in his years as a YDR photographer.

After receiving a pre-opening tour of “Then and Now: A Historical and Modern Visual Tour of York County, Pennsylvania,” he commented on how much there is to see in the many photographs that make up the exhibit.
He commented particularly on the photograph above, in which a stubborn homeowner declined to sale his part of a Dallastown duplex to a convenience store chain and found himself with a new next-door neighbor… .

A restaurant now is the former duplex’s Dallastown neighbor.

*Edited, 3/14/13