>>If you think the observation tower at Gettysburg was an eyesore, wait till you see this thing--even the building next to the smokestack will be 150 high.<<
There is a world of difference between a smokestack / industrial building and that complete abomination that was the late, unlamented Gettysburg National Towering Eyesore.
At least a smokestack is something the Civil War veterans themselves would have understood and recognized. That wicker basket in the sky at Gettysburg was a space-age monstrosity that had no aesthetic value and served no purpose other than to bilker people out of money. A smokestack serves the public interest, not just one man's greed.
I'm not advocating having a smokestack and factory building within sight of the battlefield, mind you, but realistically, lets not pretend it will be worse than the ugliness of the long-gone tower. That takes focus away from the real goal: legitimate preservation concerns logically advocated without needless emotional comparisons to something that no longer exists. We old fellows don't need convincing. The non-Civil War buff public will not understand such a comparison especially if they never saw the tower.
Last edited by Che; 04-27-2011 at 12:04 AM.
- Ernesto Serna
"...I'm struck by the contradiction at the core of Civil War reenacting. On the surface it's a hyper-macho hobby, focused on guns and battle. But the longer I hang out with hardcores ... the more they remind me of supermodels, chatting endlessly about their jackets and shoes and hair and how many pounds they've lost since the last event." - Tony Horwitz