My first visit to Gettysburg came after the destruction of the National Tower on July 3, 2000. I was reminded of it earlier today while reading Jen Murray’s, On a Great Battlefield: The Making, Management, and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1933-2012. Jen does a fabulous job of exploring the controversy surrounding the construction of the tower and more recent interpretive and preservation challenges on the battlefield.
Below is a fascinating 60 Minutes Episode that aired just as the tower was nearing completion in 1974. Those of you who know the battlefield and surrounding area will be struck by many of the old structures.
And here is a short video for those of you who have never seen the destruction of the tower and those of you who just want to experience it all over again.