An Argument for Main Street Principles
- April 18, 2016
- Sarah Matzner
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The borough of Lewistown, like so many other small towns in Pennsylvania, is selling its soul to a drugstore chain.
About 30 miles south of State College, Lewistown has all the attributes of an old Central Pennsylvania railroad and market town. Buildings dating to the 1800s still stand throughout the town. A colonnaded Greek Revival courthouse built in 1843 dominates a large town square. The square itself is centered on a 64-foot-tall column of granite — an imposing monument to soldiers of the Civil War.
Nearby, Third Street is lined with big churches, some dating to the Victorian era. Just across the Juniata River, the oldest remaining train station built by the Pennsylvania Railroad is still in use daily.