Mar 4



Despite a little bit of wet weather, the National Park Service contractor continued to cut trees around the West End Guide Station. We are looking “up” Stone Avenue. The trees being removed around the West End Guide Station are in the left background. The equestrian statue to Major General John F. Reynolds is in the right background. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 4:45 PM on Wednesday, March 3, 2010.

The National Park Service contractor continued removing the trees to the south of the West End Guide Station yesterday (March 3, 2010). The trees, which were not here at the time of the Battle of Gettysburg, cover an approximately half acre. It rained a little on Wednesday, but the contractor continued to make progress.

See the following related posts:

West End Guide Station Tree Cutting Scheduled to Begin Today on March 1, 2010.
West End Guide Station Tree Cutting Day 1 on March 2, 2010.
West End Guide Station Tree Cutting Day 3 on March 3, 2010.



We’ll again start our walk around the West End Guide Station from the south side of the Chambersburg Pike. The group of trees is becoming much thinner. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 4:45 PM on Wednesday, March 3, 2010.



More progress can be seen as we cross to the north side of the Chambersburg Pike. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 4:45 PM on Wednesday, March 3, 2010.



Most of the trees in the background are in McPherson’s Woods/Reynolds’ Woods/Herbst’s Woods. This view was taken facing south at approximately 4:45 PM on Wednesday, March 3, 2010.



This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 4:45 PM on Wednesday, March 3, 2010.



A large open space is emerging behind the West End Guide Station. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 4:45 PM on Wednesday, March 3, 2010.



The trees are being cleared to give a better view of what Calef’s Battery A, 2nd U.S. Artillery (shown on the left) were seeing on Herr’s Ridge on July 1, 1863. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 4:45 PM on Wednesday, March 3, 2010.



This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 4:45 PM on Wednesday, March 3, 2010.



This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 4:45 PM on Wednesday, March 3, 2010.



Many of the latest trees to fall… This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 4:45 PM on Wednesday, March 3, 2010.



…were cut along the fence in the left background. This view was taken facing west at approximately 4:45 PM on Wednesday, March 3, 2010.



We’re back on Stone Avenue… This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 4:45 PM on Wednesday, March 3, 2010.



…crossing behind the monument to the 150th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, and moving towards the area of the McPherson Barn. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 4:45 PM on Wednesday, March 3, 2010.



So it’s before and after time again. This picture was taken the day before the trees were cut. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 8:45 AM on Sunday, February 28, 2010.



Here’s a similar view after the first day of cutting. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 4:30 PM on Monday, March 1, 2010.



.And again the same view after the second day of cutting. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 4:45 PM on Wednesday, March 2, 2010.



Here’s the same view after the third day of tree removal. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 4:45 PM on Wednesday, March 3, 2010.



We’ve stepped back a little to East McPherson’s Ridge. The McPherson Barn and the West End Guide Station are in the background on West McPherson’s Ridge. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 4:45 PM on Wednesday, March 3, 2010.



Back to West McPherson’s Ridge… This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 4:45 PM on Wednesday, March 3, 2010.



…and back to East McPherson’s Ridge. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 4:45 PM on Wednesday, March 3, 2010.



Our last before and after pictures are in the area of the 7th Wisconsin Monument at the edge of McPherson’s Woods. Here’s how the West End Guide Station area looked the day before the cutting began. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 8:45 AM on Sunday, February 28, 2010.



Here’s how it looked after the second day of tree cutting. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 4:45 PM on Wednesday, March 2, 2010.



Here’s how it looked after the third day of tree cutting. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 4:45 PM on Wednesday, March 3, 2010.

See the following related posts:

Tree Cutting Between the Baltimore Pike and Spangler’s Spring on March 11, 2009.
James McAllister Farm Tree Cutting Update on April 16, 2009.
Culp’s Hill Tree Cutting Part 1: Spangler’s Lane on September 27, 2009.
Culp’s Hill Tree Cutting Part 2: The Ravine on September 28, 2009.
Culp’s Hill Tree Cutting: Northeast Slope of Culp’s Hill on November 17, 2009.
Spangler’s Spring Tree Cutting (Lack of Tree Cutting) Update on November 21, 2009.
Power Lines, Ground Disturbance, and the Inadequate Devil’s Den Restroom on September 5, 2009.
Devil’s Den Restroom, The Final Months on February 4, 2010.
West End Guide Station Tree Cutting Scheduled to Begin Today on March 1, 2010.
West End Guide Station Tree Cutting Day 1 on March 2, 2010.
West End Guide Station Tree Cutting Day 2 on March 3, 2010.


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