Mile 651.4: Gettysburg

Trip Start Mar 05, 2006
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Trip End Mar 11, 2006


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Wednesday, March 8, 2006

651.4 3/8 1:54 pm 46 degrees F

I have an amazing sense of reverence for the museum and all that Gettysburg taught me. I was initially disappointed when the roll came out for Gettysburg, but upon arriving, I could tell that this was one of the best options in the entire trip. I think this random journey was meant to find places like Gettysburg that I wouldn't have normally visited under other circumstances. It was quite unfortunate that the city has been taken over mostly by tourist vendors and others wanting to capitalize on the name of Gettysburg. Being that Lincoln had made his grand speech when he dedicated the cemetery, Gettysburg can no longer be known as just a small town with little ambitions. From that point onward, it couldn't avoid its future and its fate. I feel that if it hadn't been for the Gettysburg address, the place would have turned into farmland and it would be struggling to just get by. Its citizens would be despondent and hopeless and most would have left for Harrisburg or Maryland so that they could find better economic futures. Of course, that's all speculation. I must commend the city and the park services for being so helpful and making everything accessible. They care about their tourists. The auto tour was designed well and allowed for tourists to see a trail of remembering. I liked how each state had their own monument along the trail. Kentucky and New York definitely had the best, since theirs were located in the cemetery. Pennsylvania had the most grandiose monument of course, and it pretty much was a site of its own. I believe that all of the cemetery monuments well reflected the war and the ensuing grief. Just in awe.

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