GDG- Changes in Gettyburg Battlefield thru the years

Clarence Hollowell antietam33 at hotmail.com
Mon Jan 2 08:47:03 CST 2012


the national tower was good for one thing.....if you were on the battlefield and wanted to know where you were in reference to cemetery Hill.  oh, how I miss Dolly parton singing on the loud speaker   
 > From: pskillman at gmail.com
> Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2012 08:52:03 -0500
> To: gettysburg at arthes.com
> Subject: Re: GDG- Changes in Gettyburg Battlefield thru the years
> 
> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> 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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