GDG- The Gettysburg Electric Railway/Trolley
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Fri Jan 13 18:07:07 CST 2012
Excellent post Nancy.
Thank you very much.
There are some good maps and pix online.
I want to ride on the Tapeworm RR. ;-)
Your Most Obedient Servant,
In a message dated 1/12/2012 9:10:06 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
pipecreek1430 at yahoo.com writes:
Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
The Gettysburg Electric Railway, also known as the Trolley was
incorporated on July 28,1892.
They planned to run it, not just around the town, but around the
William Tipton, who was one of the people who helped with granting access
for the trolley tracks,
and while they were planning this, eventually purchased 13 acres of land
just east of Devils Den
for his own park. He knew the trolley line would be passing thru there,
and probably made
arrangements with the trolley company for his park to be a designated stop.
The proposed trolley route was leaked in a Philadelphia newspaper in March
" It will start from the square in Gettysburg, run out the Baltimore Pike,
Cemetery Hill,encircle the National Cemetery,thence along the Emmittsburg
to the Peach Orchard,through the Wheatfield to Devils Den,and through the
Valley of Death to Little Round Top Park. The return will be made via the
Bloody Angle and Hancock Avenue to Gettysburg."
On April 17 & 18, 1893 a gang of Italians arrived from Baltimore and
set up for them on the lot belonging to Mr. Tipton in Devils Den, and work
the Round top end of the Electric Railway. During the next few days the
dynamite blasting rocks on Tiptons land was heard in town more and more
One eyewitness described the work:
" All along the line, in the vicinity of Devils Den, there is heavy
blasting and digging
and filling; and great havoc is played with the landscape. Huge masses of
displaced, great bouldlers are moved, the valley is to be filled the width
of a track from the bridge over Plum Run in front of Round Top to the
of the Valley and a whole new appearance will be given to the famous field
For the next few weeks, veterans and concerned citizens watched in
disbelief as the
trolley company cut a thirty foot wide path through some of the most
on American soil. Historic trees were felled, streams were forded, and
rocks that still
should the scars of battle were forever blasted from the face of the
earth. In some instances'
the trolley roadbed passed within feet of monuments that had been
dedicated just a few
years before. Public outcry was immediate and in some cases very bitter.
John Bachelder was sent to Gettysburg in June to make a preliminary
report to the Sec
of War on the work being done by the railway company.
Part of his report:
The boulders which covered the combatants in the desperate engagement
the Fourth Maine and the 44th New York of the Union Army and the 44th
and the right of Bennings Brigade of the Confederate army are already
the fragments broken under the hammer and are covered with earth to form a
And it is this locality which has been turned into a park to which cheap
to be run from Baltimore and other cities. This is the most wild and
section of the field. For the distance of over one mile before reaching
this locality, the
road cuts ruthlessly through the scene of some of the most desperate
encounters of the battle.
Can you imagine this happening today?
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