Oct 4



The area where the water line was constructed on West Confederate Avenue has been restored with more dirt, straw, and grass. We will take a look at the water line area and show the restoration starting near the Army of Northern Virginia Itinerary Tablets. This view was taken facing south at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009.

The National Park Service requested that we give our readers an update on the water line along West Confederate Avenue which leads to the McMillan Woods Campground.

In part one, we saw the construction area from the Army of Northern Virginia Itinerary Tablets to the McMillan House.

In our second water line post we showed the progress of the waterline into McMillan Woods and the new path the size of a road that has been cut into the woods to accommodate it.



The cleanup is almost complete. This view was taken facing south at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009.



This is one of the areas where they have to restore the area approximately 40 feet from West Confederate Avenue for a foot wide water line. This view was taken facing south at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009.



This view was taken facing south at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009.



By the orchard, the disturbed area narrows. This view was taken facing south at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009.



This view was taken facing south at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009.



This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009.



In this area there are some drainage issues that need to be addressed. This photograph was taken facing southeast at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009.



If you want to park across the street from the Garnett’s Battalion marker, that’s going to be more difficult now. This photograph was taken facing southeast at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009.



They’ve put rocks here because of course we don’t want VISITORS disturbing the grass in this area. This photograph was taken facing south at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009.



We’re continuing our stroll. This view was taken facing south at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009.



Here’s a new feature. This view was taken facing south at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009.



It shouldn’t be too difficult now to see where the water line leads to the McMillan House. This view was taken facing east at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009.



We’re continuing towards McMillan Woods. This view was taken facing south at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009.



The waterline narrows between the avenue and the woods. This view was taken facing south at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009.



This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009.



The water line is behind (west of) the marker to Perrin’s Brigade. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009.



The blue stake marks the route of the thin water line. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009.



The line runs behind this marker… This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009.



…the marker to Pender’s Division. This photograph was taken facing west at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009.



This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009.



The line is going to turn to the right and go into the woods. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009.



The water line goes into the new pathway that has been cut into the woods behind the Thomas Brigade marker. This view was taken facing west at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009.



At the fall Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide meeting this week, the Chief of Maintenance said that we didn’t understand that they went down a pathway that hadn’t been used in a long time, and that had three other types of utility lines (now abandoned) going down the path. We admit that we still don’t understand that instead of just letting the trees grow in an area that they say has been abandoned, and cutting them down every time they put in a new water line, why they just don’t extend the water line to the area where the road has already been created on the left. This view was taken facing west at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009.



The National Park Service does want to make sure that we understand the new pathway will not be used by visitors for other purposes such as horseback riding. This view was taken facing west at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009.



They have now covered the pathway with wood and brush. This view was taken facing west at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009.



Lots of wood and brush. This view was taken facing west at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009.



They have also made sure that the sign showing no horseback riding is prominently displayed at the brush covered trail entrance. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, October 2, 2009.

See the following related construction posts:

McMillan Woods Water Line Construction Part 2 on August 30, 2009.
McMillan Woods Water Line Construction Part 1 on August 29, 2009.
Horse Trail Construction Near South Confederate Avenue on August 14, 2009.
“We Don’t Think the Park Service Wants You to Take Pictures Here on May 13, 2009.
And the Nomination for Most Thorough Burying of a Flank Marker Goes to… on November 14, 2008.
Patterson Farm Tree Cutting and the left flank marker of Knap’s Pennsylvania Battery thrown in a pile behind the NPS Maintenance Buildings on November 9, 2008.
National Park Service Does Move Flank Markers on October 23, 2008.
National Park Service decision not to move the Reynolds Avenue flank markers on October 22, 2008.
“Do the Flank Markers on Reynolds Avenue Need to be Moved?” on October 16, 2008.
Dirt and Gravel Return to the Flank Markers on October 15, 2008.
Dirt and Gravel Removed from the Flank Markers on October 10, 2008.
Dirt and Gravel Burying the Flank Markers on October 9, 2008.
Doubleday Avenue Roadwork on October 1, 2008.
Asphalt Touches the Flank Marker of the 147th New York on September 30, 2008.
Contractors trying to cover up their mistake of having asphalt touch boulders in The Loop on September 22, 2008.
Slathering the Loop With Asphalt on September 13, 2008.
Devil’s Den: Aftermath of the Construction on September 11, 2008.


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