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Old 03-14-2013, 03:41 AM
 
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It`s always great news when a non historic eyesore is removed from hallowed ground.
Demolition begins on Gettysburg's Cyclorama building - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:53 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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The building was part of history too.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:47 AM
 
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The building was part of history too.
I agree with that. The Cyclorama was one of the main features of the park for decades and the thing most people remember about their visit. I don't disagree that removing it is "right" in terms of restoring the battlefield, but it's not as if the building didn't have it's own niche in the history of Gettysburg. One thing I heard they were talking about doing was erecting some sort of glass panels in certain key locations; so that when you stood in a certain spot and looked through them, you would see what the people in that position would have seen on the day of the battle. I don't know if they are doing it or not, but I have seen similar panels at other sites and it's a neat way to bring the events to life with minimal impact to the site itself.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Chambersburg PA
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It`s always great news when a non historic eyesore is removed from hallowed ground.
Demolition begins on Gettysburg's Cyclorama building - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
I actually liked the building and didn't see it as an eyesore...however they should have located it elsewhere, so as not to obstruct the battlefield. I think they were thinking "this is the spot he painted so we'll put it here, then people can look at the painting and then go see for themselves"

I live not far from Gettysburg and have been there many times.

Now, the viewing tower, I'm glad it came down, if we want to talk about eyesores
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Now, the viewing tower, I'm glad it came down, if we want to talk about eyesores
When I toured the battlefield I walked a good distance out of my way to take advantage of the view from that tower. When I arrived it had been gated up with a sign reading "Closed Due To Wasps." I think they meant the insects, not the racial/religious incarnation.

Now its gone? Now I'll never get to see that view?

Damn wasps.
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Chambersburg PA
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Yeah, they tore it down years ago. I think a lot of the problem was, it was originally built on private land (in the 1970's) that bordered the Park land but it was land that still was "battlefield", and it really caused issues with the locals. Most were quite happy to see it go.
Now the proposition of a resort casino keeps coming up every few years
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:57 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I liked the tower, from almost anywhere on the field you could see it and place Cemetery Hill.
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