GDG- Changes in Gettyburg Battlefield thru the years

Jack Lawrence jlawrence at
Mon Jan 2 09:38:11 CST 2012

I lked the view from the National tower. I did not like the waypoliticians 
allegedl manipulated the NPS and had their own guy installed as 
Superintendant so that they could get the tower put in.
Nor do I like the way that they decitfully manipulated the deal so that the 
promised NPDS share of tower was limited to the part that lost money.

But what I really find repugnant is the way they payed loud music during 
funerals at the National Cemetary.

Politicians aways have their way with the park, look at the Mississippi 


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Peter Skillman" <pskillman at>
To: "GDG" <gettysburg at>
Sent: Monday, January 02, 2012 7:52 AM
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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