GDG- Changes in Gettyburg Battlefield thru the years

Peter Skillman pskillman at gmail.com
Mon Jan 2 07:52:03 CST 2012


There was also an observation tower on Big Round Top - the foundations for it are still there, if I recall correctly.

Not to mention the lovely "National Tower"!  Everyone LOVED that one!

 - Pete

On Dec 30, 2011, at 4:19 PM, Nancy Householder wrote:

> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> Here is a short list of some of the changes made to the battlefield thru the years:
> 
> At one time there were 5 observation towers.  Beside the current ones on Oak Ridge, Culps Hill, and 
> 
> West Confederate Ave, there was also one on East Cemetery Hill, and on Cemetery Ridge, near where
> the Cyclorama building is still today.  
> 
> 
> There was a trolley that ran thru the fields and out to LRT.
> Out at LRT there was a sort of amusement park with a carosel, and picnic pavilion and refreashment stand.
> There was a railroad that ran through the park, too.
> 
> The fence around the Soldier's National Cemetery, that came from Layfayette Park, in DC, across from the 
> 
> White House, was first put up in Gettysburg on East Cemetery Hill.
> 
> On the field of PPT charge, besides Camp Colt, was a Civilian Conservation Corps camp in the 1930's and
> then was turned into a POW camp for German POW's during WWII.
> 
> There was a Stuckey's Pecan Shoppe and Souvenir Stand, and gas station at the intersection of the Emittsburg Rd
> and the Millerstown Rd.
> 
> How about the Peace Light Inn and tourist court out on the field in front of the Peace Light Memorial?
> 
> I've also seen pictures of a Refreashment Stand and Souvenir shoppe on Oak Ridge.
> 
> Anyone remember a place called Fantasyland in the 1960's?  I'm not sure where it was located, but I do remember going there 
> 
> as a child.
> 
> Nancy Householder
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