Mar 6



The tree is not a “witness tree,” it’s approximately 80 years old, or around the same age as the West End Guide Station, shown in the background above the tree. The McPherson Barn is in the right background. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, March 5, 2010.

The National Park Service contractor continued removing the trees to the south of the West End Guide Station yesterday (March 5, 2010). The trees, which were not here at the time of the Battle of Gettysburg, cover an approximately half acre. More progress occurred on a warm, sunny, Friday.

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 2 on March 3, 2010.
West End Guide Station Tree Cutting Day 3 on March 4, 2010.
West End Guide Station Tree Cutting Day 4 on March 5, 2010.



The trees being removed covered a half acre. This view was taken facing north at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, March 5, 2010.



It’s time for the first group of our before and after pictures. 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.



The same view after the fourth day of tree cutting. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 4:30 PM on Thursday, March 4, 2010.



The same view after the fifth day of cutting. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, March 5, 2010.



We’ve now moved a little farther to the right or north. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, March 5, 2010.



The monument to the 150th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. This view was taken facing north at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, March 5, 2010.



The area in question from east of Stone Avenue, shown on the left. The equestrian statue to Major General John Reynolds is in the right background. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, March 5, 2010.



It’s time again for our second set of before and after pictures. We 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.



Here’s how it looked after the fourth day of tree cutting. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 4:30 PM on Thursday, March 4, 2010.



The same area after the fifth day of tree removal. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, March 5, 2010.



Since a lot of snow melted Friday, so decided to cross into the field south of the West End Guide Station. It was pretty much a marshy bog. The “run” in the foreground leads from the pond/quarry near the 150th Pennsylvania Monument (out of sight on the right) to the Willoughby Run Quarry (out of sight on the left). This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, March 5, 2010.



We are probably one of the first people in a long time to have this view so unobstructed. Except for the Guide Station. The McPherson Barn is in the right background. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, March 5, 2010.



This view was taken facing east at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, March 5, 2010.



This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, March 5, 2010.



Here again is our favorite non witness tree. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, March 5, 2010.



We’ll use that tree as a reference point to show you the latest tree cutting area with a little closer view. McPherson Barn is in the left background. 150th Pennsylvania Monument in the center background. McPherson’s/Herbst’s/Reynolds’ Woods in the right background. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, March 5, 2010.



The monument to the 150th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment is now in the left background. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, March 5, 2010.



So is the building starting to look out of place, or not? This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 4:30 PM on Friday, March 5, 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.
West End Guide Station Tree Cutting Day 3 on March 4, 2010.
West End Guide Station Tree Cutting Day 4 on March 5, 2010.


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