Then and Now: Recognize This Place?

Test your Phoenixville knowledge with our weekly photo challenge.

How well do you know the borough?

The Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area provided this photo. Can you name the spot where it was taken? Give the address or just name the building in the comments below, and we'll reveal the location next Monday at 5 a.m. Extra credit goes to anyone who can name the year the photo was taken. Good luck!

maureen April 15, 2013 at 02:16 AM
The Rt 29 bridge from Phoenixville into Mont Clare
Bud Benkoski April 15, 2013 at 11:56 AM
This building was a bar in Mont Clare. I think it was called Al's by the canal. It's across the street from Produce Junction.
Lynette Gray April 15, 2013 at 12:17 PM
It was called Tavios. My late husband and I used to shoot pool there. Ah, the memories.
Paul G. April 15, 2013 at 12:27 PM
I think Maureen has it right. The Produce Junction sign, which is right next to Rt 29 gives it away. The former Tavio's is to the left in the photograph. Way to go Maureen!
JustTheFacts April 15, 2013 at 12:56 PM
I still remember doing our grocery shopping there at Mont Clare Market.....
Momma Doc April 15, 2013 at 01:02 PM
It was 1997...what a pain it was to get from Mont Clare to Phoenixville during the construction!
P-Ville at heart April 15, 2013 at 04:54 PM
I Remember When That Bridge Was Closed. I Worked At The Fitzwater Station And We Had To Go Around The Construction...What A Pain!
Peter C. Brown April 15, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Agreed! Is the the demolition site of the former Phoenixville-Mont Clare Bridge.....looking toward the former Tavio's by the Sea (left), the former Mont Clare post office (center), and the current site of Produce Junction (right). How lucky we are to have a brand new bridge!
Jim L. April 15, 2013 at 06:21 PM
This is indeed a pic. of the demolished Mont Clare/Phoenixville bridge. Originally the bridge was an old long "covered bridge" in the early 1900's. The tavern on the left was known as Al's by the Sea in the early 50's. Later it was Tavio's Tavern. It was closed for many years after that. Then went thru several owners, the last one's ran it into the ground. Drug activity,underage sales etc.It is a good spot for a deck type restaurant and tavern with a deck on the canal, if they can keep the canal clean and algae free, good luck with that. The place now known as Produce Junction, a traffic nitemare was once the Mont Clare Market, a family owned sub-super market again in the 50's. If the "no left turn" signs going in to P/J from 29 s. and from the lot to 29 s were obeyed ENFORCED.......the traffic nitemare would be greatly improved, but they are not enforced.....


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