Hallowed Ground

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New at Reason: Damon Root looks at how Gettysburg became a cash cow even before it was a sacred site.

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  1. I have to admit to loving my visit to Gettysburg; indeed, I ran up little round top with gear on to get a taste for what the 20th Maine experienced as it flew to meet the 15th Alabama.

  2. One of my family’s heroes made his name in this battle (Col. Washington Roebling, before he went on to build the Brooklyn Bridge). My mother spent a good part of her childhood in Washington Roebling’s mansion in Trenton, NJ.

  3. Alot of our nation’s areas that later became National Parks started out as sight-seeing and tourist destinations.
    Many of the places we are told are national treasures were so before the national government even got involved.

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