More than 200,000 visit Gettysburg for 150th

Jul 16, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Examiner.com

Gettysburg tourism officials said that more than 200,000 visitors converged on Gettysburg, Pa., for the seven-day observation of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Sucker Free City

Cheltenham, PA

#22 Jul 24, 2013
Clear Dharma wrote:
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You're paranoid Son. I am in Obidos and a very fine old town it is too. Great beach, great surf and great people.
For whatever reason this story came up on the Poland forum and quite possibly elsewhere. So I took the trouble to see how the celebrations went for you.
So uh, what's the deal?
Yeah, except this isn't the message board for the article and there's no Topix overseas. This is a third party site and a poor one at that. Someone in Europe would never just stumble upon it. People in the States never do.

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Davenport

Gettysburg, PA

#23 Jul 24, 2013
Go Blue Forever wrote:
<quoted text> Thanks...it's on our bucket list....we saw Andersonville and Chickamauga battlefield....
Think of making Gettysburg your base camp. First you can easily spend two to three days here.

There are two bus companies that take one day trips to Washington, picking you up at your hotel.

Harper's Ferry is an easy day trip.

And you can get to Baltimore and visit the Inner Harbor, and Fort McHenry for a day trip.

And if interested, drive down to Lancaster to visit the Amish, or up to Carlisle to see the Army Museum or over to Harrisburg for their Civil War Museum.

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Davenport

Gettysburg, PA

#24 Jul 24, 2013
Clear Dharma wrote:
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You're paranoid Son. I am in Obidos and a very fine old town it is too. Great beach, great surf and great people.
For whatever reason this story came up on the Poland forum and quite possibly elsewhere. So I took the trouble to see how the celebrations went for you.
So uh, what's the deal?
Things went pretty good for the ten day major events. Lots of people but no big traffic problems, and despite the high temperatures and crowds very few medical emergencies.

All of the re-enactments went off well and there were no problems with any of the park service events.

Only one problem that got a lot more attention than it would have any other time, and regretfully it caused our parade to be canceled.

I, of course didn't get to talk to all of the visitors, but I didn't talk to any that were not having a good time, and I heard no complaints from anyone who was actually here, or from any of the locals.

Make the trip sometime and and I think you will have a great time.

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Steve Gratman

Brooklyn, NY

#25 Jul 24, 2013
Clear Dharma wrote:
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You're paranoid Son. I am in Obidos and a very fine old town it is too. Great beach, great surf and great people.
For whatever reason this story came up on the Poland forum and quite possibly elsewhere. So I took the trouble to see how the celebrations went for you.
So uh, what's the deal?
These men are hicks, America's version of villagers. Backwards and stupid, they are angry because there has been an epidemic of child rape and gang crime in their filthy town (smelly village.)

A parade celebrating the 150th anniversary of an Important American Civil War battle had to be cancelled and the entire borough of Gettysburg put on a military-style lockdown because of the street gangs. Look in the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania forum here in Topix. There are hundreds of news stories about violent crime or child rape about Gettysburg.

A MAN WAS STALKED DOWN AND SET ON FIRE IN GETTYSBURG for Pete's sake, the man was run down and set on fire!!!! How sick is this little borough?!?! Disgusting! Read the article about it!!!

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Steve Gratman

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#26 Jul 24, 2013
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Things went pretty good for the ten day major events. Lots of people but no big traffic problems, and despite the high temperatures and crowds very few medical emergencies.
All of the re-enactments went off well and there were no problems with any of the park service events.
Only one problem that got a lot more attention than it would have any other time, and regretfully it caused our parade to be canceled.
I, of course didn't get to talk to all of the visitors, but I didn't talk to any that were not having a good time, and I heard no complaints from anyone who was actually here, or from any of the locals.
Make the trip sometime and and I think you will have a great time.
Dumb local hick, Davenport would never lie about how great things are in Gettysburg.

You are mad that Gettysburg is being exposed for the toilet that it is, reap it, you stinkin' hillbilly...

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#27 Jul 24, 2013
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Dumb local hick, Davenport would never lie about how great things are in Gettysburg.
You are mad that Gettysburg is being exposed for the toilet that it is, reap it, you stinkin' hillbilly...
Geez, why be such a jerk, about such a sacred place?

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Clear Dharma

Lisbon, Portugal

#28 Jul 25, 2013
Davenport wrote:
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Things went pretty good for the ten day major events. Lots of people but no big traffic problems, and despite the high temperatures and crowds very few medical emergencies.
All of the re-enactments went off well and there were no problems with any of the park service events.
Only one problem that got a lot more attention than it would have any other time, and regretfully it caused our parade to be canceled.
I, of course didn't get to talk to all of the visitors, but I didn't talk to any that were not having a good time, and I heard no complaints from anyone who was actually here, or from any of the locals.
Make the trip sometime and and I think you will have a great time.
I'd love too.

One of our Topic Poland contributors was going with his family.

Better look next year. Silliness should not prevent historical heritage from being remembered. Although the future always looks different to the past.

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Steve Gratman

Gettysburg, PA

#30 Jul 25, 2013
Letter to the editor in the Gettysburg times on Thursday July 18, 2013

Editor, Gettysburg Times,

My husband and I have just finished up a vacation in Gettysburg and I felt I needed to write you. We have traveled to many places in the last 30 years but we have never visited a city as hospitable and friendly as Gettysburg; especially during tourist season! We remarked, at least daily, about how friendly everyone is here.
HISTORIC NEWSPAPERS

We had the unfortunate experience of being involved in an accident on our way into town. This is where the graciousness of your town began. It started with the young man driving the car we hit and his mother, who joined him. That were so wonderful that, even though the accident was our fault, they invited us to attend the attraction she managed (The Lincoln Train Museum) for free. Be cause we were pulling a travel trailer, it required two separate tow companies to tow our vehicles and they were both friendly and helpful as was the policeman who attended to the accident. We stayed at the Gettysburg Campground and they were most accommodating to our unfortunate circumstances.

Due to the accident, we dealt with may of your local businesses that tourists don't usually deal with, from the repair shop to local insurance agents to rental car companies and could not have been more pleased. Everyone was friendly and went above and beyond to be sure our needs were met.

We were able to also attend all the tourist areas and events we had originally intended. We were often struck by the fact that even though tens of thousands of people were in attendance, no event we attended felt crowded and overbearing. Every volunteer and employee we dealt with were pleasant and more than helpful on all occasions.

I have never had such a wonderful and relaxing vacation as the week we spent in your city. We definitely will plan on returning in the future.

Thank you and the Borough of Gettysburg for providing one of the best vacations we have ever had. It is our hope that you will be able to share our appreciation with as many organizations as possible as the entire city as well as the National Park Service deserve recognition for playing their part in making your city one of the best places to visit.

Kath _____,

Michigan City, Ind.

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Davenport

Gettysburg, PA

#31 Jul 25, 2013
I guess your post # 30 says it all doesn't it Steve?

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Sucker Free City

Cheltenham, PA

#32 Jul 25, 2013
Hmmmm? Wonder what the response will be? I'll go with "Fake letter planted by the visitor bureau" for $100 followed by "I hope the town is destroyed by (insert natural disaster here)"

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Clear Dharma

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#33 Jul 25, 2013
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These men are hicks, America's version of villagers. Backwards and stupid, they are angry because there has been an epidemic of child rape and gang crime in their filthy town (smelly village.)
A parade celebrating the 150th anniversary of an Important American Civil War battle had to be cancelled and the entire borough of Gettysburg put on a military-style lockdown because of the street gangs. Look in the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania forum here in Topix. There are hundreds of news stories about violent crime or child rape about Gettysburg.
A MAN WAS STALKED DOWN AND SET ON FIRE IN GETTYSBURG for Pete's sake, the man was run down and set on fire!!!! How sick is this little borough?!?! Disgusting! Read the article about it!!!
That is a sad state of affairs. Another of our Topic Poland contributors is from Pennsylvania, no doubt he could add his comments.

There is obviously two distinct schools of thought here ...usually the truth lies in the middle. I'm sure most of the city is great but there seems to be a feral street element here which makeslife ddifficult. Is this due to unemployment, or bad schooling/ parenting?

The extremes of mindless violence though also suggests that at the bottom shelf of society here there is no discipline or hope anymore. Many in Europe look on America's deeply split society with some dismay. My own opinion is that schools need much more investment to break the link between under achieving parents and their kids. But that is expensive, maybe too expensive for politicians to risk upsetting voters by increasing taxes.

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Steve Gratman

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#34 Jul 25, 2013
Clear Dharma wrote:
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That is a sad state of affairs. Another of our Topic Poland contributors is from Pennsylvania, no doubt he could add his comments.
There is obviously two distinct schools of thought here ...usually the truth lies in the middle. I'm sure most of the city is great but there seems to be a feral street element here which makeslife ddifficult. Is this due to unemployment, or bad schooling/ parenting?
The extremes of mindless violence though also suggests that at the bottom shelf of society here there is no discipline or hope anymore. Many in Europe look on America's deeply split society with some dismay. My own opinion is that schools need much more investment to break the link between under achieving parents and their kids. But that is expensive, maybe too expensive for politicians to risk upsetting voters by increasing taxes.
These dumb hicks' first reaction was to label you as an impostor using a proxy server simply because you asked them a question! That's how dumb these morons are. The gang problems are due to the economic downturn in Gettysburg, they didn't get the casino which they so desperately needed to turn things around.

Bigger, more politically powerful towns in Pennsylvania snatched it out of their little baby-like fingers and now they're crying like little girls! These hillbillies never had a chance anyway, it was all window dressing to gift some hope to this once-proud cesspool of a town.

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Davenport

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#35 Jul 25, 2013
Clear Dharma wrote:
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That is a sad state of affairs. Another of our Topic Poland contributors is from Pennsylvania, no doubt he could add his comments.
There is obviously two distinct schools of thought here ...usually the truth lies in the middle. I'm sure most of the city is great but there seems to be a feral street element here which makeslife ddifficult. Is this due to unemployment, or bad schooling/ parenting?
The extremes of mindless violence though also suggests that at the bottom shelf of society here there is no discipline or hope anymore. Many in Europe look on America's deeply split society with some dismay. My own opinion is that schools need much more investment to break the link between under achieving parents and their kids. But that is expensive, maybe too expensive for politicians to risk upsetting voters by increasing taxes.
To quote myself “do your own research”. If you do a google search on gangs or crime in Gettysburg, you will find hundreds of hits. All started by me, Steve Gratmen or any one of the other names I have used. And all referring to two or three articles, I often misquote the articles.

For example in one article one police chief informed people there is an increase in gang activity. I took that one statement and in several threads proclaimed that every police chief in the county said that criminal gang activity is out of control. One police chief out of, I believe thirty jurisdictions. But then if I told the truth, would you have read that?

Yes there is criminal activity in the area. We have the same crime any other community has, only far less of it.

I do my best to take every crime reported, and start at least five or six other threads about it, to make it look like that one crime happened eight or nine times.

I will eliminate most facts, and change everything to prove my point.

Compare the crime rate of Gettysburg to any other community of the same size. But remember they list Gettysburg as having a population of just over eight thousand, when we actually have about 12 to 14 thousand during the school year, and well over that through the summer.

But our crime rate is still low to average for a community of 8 thousand.

I have even gone so far as to make post under other names claiming I was a victim of crime but didn’t report it.

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Steve Gratman

Brooklyn, NY

#36 Jul 25, 2013
Gettysburg is the Child Rape capital of the United States.

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Clear Dharma

Lisbon, Portugal

#37 Jul 25, 2013
Davenport wrote:
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To quote myself “do your own research”. If you do a google search on gangs or crime in Gettysburg, you will find hundreds of hits. All started by me, Steve Gratmen or any one of the other names I have used. And all referring to two or three articles, I often misquote the articles.
For example in one article one police chief informed people there is an increase in gang activity. I took that one statement and in several threads proclaimed that every police chief in the county said that criminal gang activity is out of control. One police chief out of, I believe thirty jurisdictions. But then if I told the truth, would you have read that?
Yes there is criminal activity in the area. We have the same crime any other community has, only far less of it.
I do my best to take every crime reported, and start at least five or six other threads about it, to make it look like that one crime happened eight or nine times.
I will eliminate most facts, and change everything to prove my point.
Compare the crime rate of Gettysburg to any other community of the same size. But remember they list Gettysburg as having a population of just over eight thousand, when we actually have about 12 to 14 thousand during the school year, and well over that through the summer.
But our crime rate is still low to average for a community of 8 thousand.
I have even gone so far as to make post under other names claiming I was a victim of crime but didn’t report it.
Sorry ... I'm on vacation using a mobile phone. I'm just passer by curious that's all.
I get the picture though.
Thanks

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Davenport

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#38 Jul 25, 2013
See I just did it again.

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Sucker Free City

Cheltenham, PA

#39 Jul 25, 2013
Steve Gratman wrote:
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These dumb hicks' first reaction was to label you as an impostor using a proxy server simply because you asked them a question!
Nah, I just couldn't believe that after working your BS for over a year here you actually almost managed to get someone to believe you. I'm still kind of stunned

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#44 Jul 27, 2013
I read that 259, 000 VISITED Gettysburg's 150th Civil War Anniversary...

WOW!!!.

THAT'S A HELLUVA ALOT OF...TOILET PAPER!!!

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Pink Eye

Emmaus, PA

#45 Jul 28, 2013
Clear Dharma wrote:
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You're paranoid Son. I am in Obidos and a very fine old town it is too. Great beach, great surf and great people.
For whatever reason this story came up on the Poland forum and quite possibly elsewhere. So I took the trouble to see how the celebrations went for you.
So uh, what's the deal?
Please excuse SOME of the locals, they're becoming more and more paranoid with each passing day.

Due to the failure of a casino being awarded to the area, which was largely thanks to the vigilant efforts of some very commited local individuals. The various issues within the community has lead to the mental downfall of some locals who couldn't cope with such a loss.

I truely hope these locals are able to find the help they desperatly need and obviously require.

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Davenport

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#49 Aug 2, 2013
This town eats dookie on a kaiser roll. The government should declare it a super fund site

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