Ghost tours, proposed gambling tramp on user experience at Gettysburg battlefield, Part II

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Gettysburg Cyclorama painter Paul Philippoteaux “signed” his work by painting himself as an officer under a tree bearing a sword. This York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News photograph came soon after the refurbished painting was unveiled as part of the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitors Center opening in 2008. The restored Cyclorama in Gettysburg is part of a package of educational experiences at the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitors Center. But will ghost tours and a grand gambling casino detract from this user experience? Also of interest: ‘Ruh-row, Raggy’: Gettysburg ghost hunters find no trespassing signs and York County’s powwowwing past and Spooky old York incinerator now used as crematorium.

Some people apparently like their Gettysburg ghost tours and the prospect of gambling in the environs of the battlefield.
My York Sunday News column and associated blog post (Ghost tours, Part I) have attracted a brigade of commenters.
Many are in disagreement, to say the least.
My favorite:


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A scene from the restored Cyclorama.

“Seriously, if you don’t like the direction Gettysburg is heading stay away, it won’t hurt our feelings at all.”

That solves it. If you don’t like it, take your football and go home.
OK, as it turns out, my column came shortly before about 275 Civil War historians busted on the casino. James McPherson, Garry Wills and Edwin Bearss are among the signers speaking against the casino about a mile south of the South Cavalry Field.
Maybe they should stay away from Gettysburg, too?
Also of interest:
For a wealth of additional posts on the Civil War, see this blog’s Civil War category.

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. East Region Editor, Digital First Media. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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2 Responses to Ghost tours, proposed gambling tramp on user experience at Gettysburg battlefield, Part II

  1. Scott Mingus says:

    I wonder what the reaction would be if David Levan decided to move the casino half-way between Gettysburg and Lancaster to capture the tourist dollars from the two regions – say in a midway location such as York PA?
    Would all those folks in favor of the casino (and the associated traffic and side shows) like it if it was here in York? Sure, a few more jobs. Definitely a LOT more headaches.
    It’s no wonder most Adams County residents do not endorse the casino.
    The heartaches FAR outweigh the gains.
    NO CASINO GETTYSBURG! Not now. Not ever. Period!

  2. On the other hand, in contradictory what others may or have said, we cannot deny the fact that casinos generate income to the state. They bring in a large sum of taxes..Right? For casino enthusiasts, i believe they take responsibility on what they are doing. Let’s just leave them at that.

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