OLE #113

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This above Image is of the ole Steam Engine #113.  Located in the Coal Mining Town of Minersville, PA she was once used to haul Coal & passengers from towns above and below Minersville.  I don’t think that the old steam train is used anymore.  Placed here as a static display.

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Don’t know which view looks better.

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Here is the old Minersville Train Station that is no longer used.  Built in or around 1897 this Station once was a much used Station for passengers long ago.  The train tracks in front of the Station are still used to this day, but no trains stop here.  There are doors located on the building just to to left of the Station, but they were locked.  I wanted to get inside and shoot the old waiting room, but could not do that.  Was disappointed on that.  My Loving Wife, who was born & raised here in Minersville tells me that the Station was still in used while she lived here.  Minersville is another Coal Town that is full of History.

Thank you.

THE BIG BOYS!

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While up in the Coal Region area yesterday, I came across these HUGE earth/coal hauling trucks.  They are known as “Yukes” in this area.  They are massive!  Notice the driver at the lower left compared to the truck.

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A better look at this truck.  What they were doing here was reclaiming the Land that once was a “Strip Mine” years ago.  A “Stripie” as they are called is a big hole in the ground used to mine Coal from the near surface.  When all the Coal was taken out, it was left as it was.  A big huge scar in the earth!  Now, slowly, the Land is being filled in to help Mother Nature grow, that was once a waste land.

There are a number of “Stripie Mines” that are still left over from long ago.  A good portion of them are full of water and can be more than 200 ft. deep!  The machinery that was used is left at the bottom of the Mine.  It’s not really a good idea to go swimming in these “Stripie Mines”.  You have no idea what your going to encounter!  The water is darn cold because it’s usually spring/or rain water that has filled the hole over the years.  There have been people that drowned in these open holes.  Sometimes the temptation is just too great on a hot summer day to take a swim.  By doing this, you just may loose your Life!

 

Thank you.

OLD MILK SHED

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Located right alongside the Union Canal, this old Milk Shed has been here for a long time.

Back in the very early day’s of the Union Canal there used to be a working Farm here.  This was the way that produce, and milk were kept cold with a natural Spring that once ran thru the Shed.  There were no refrigerators then, no ice, and no air conditioning anywhere to be found.  If you open the door, there is nothing there except storage for the Park Service.  One or two old milk cans are all that is left.  The old Barn is just off to the right of my Image.  Now used by the Park Service for bathrooms, and a small soda fountain that never seems to be open.

Thank you.

ON HALLOWED GROUND.3

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Over 150 yrs. ago, this field was full of dead & wounded Soldiers from both sides of the Civil War.  There is a sign behind me that said “No Relic Hunting.”

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Fences of the Battlefield.  For this shot, I had to “sneak in” on a dirt road that normal traffic was not allowed by the Park Service.  Didn’t get caught!  Whew!

While I was down here in Gettysburg, I spent a good 5 hrs. here driving around.  Even though snooping around I still missed some key area’s.  Eisenhower Farm is one of them.  I had only allowed myself so much time, because it is a long drive home.  Maybe next time.

 

I will try and make this one the last Post on Gettysburg.  My next stop will be to Antietam National Battlefield Park in MD.

Thanks so much for all your likes.

ON HALLOWED GROUND.2

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This is a cement monument to the 90th Pennsylvania Regiment that was in action here on the morning of July 1st, 1863.

During the fight on the 1st day, this area was once a wooded section.  Most of the trees were blown away from musket & cannon fire.  When I looked more closely at the “tree” there was a musket, a nap sac, a rifle, and a canteen that was hung here by a Soldier from the 90th Pennsylvania during a lull in the action.  He sat here to take a short rest from death & fighting that was just below him.

There is also a bird nest at the very top, and a cannon ball that split the tree.  The bird nest is supposed to show that Life will go on, despite what happened here.  I don’t know if it was the original ball that shattered this tree.  Probably not.

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A 10 lb. Parrot Cannon used by both Union & Confederate Forces at the Battle of Gettysburg.

 

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ON HALLOWED GROUND.1

THE STORY OF IVERSON’S PITS.

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On July 1, 1863, the men of Alfred Iverson’s North Carolina Brigade had arrived at Gettysburg and were preparing to outflank the Union First Corps at Oak Hill. This spot was the northernmost point of Seminary Ridge. They were formed into their line of battle and advanced towards a line of trees about 300 yds. away. The Brigade was made up of the 5th, 12th, 20th, and 23rd North Carolina Infantries. To their left front was a low stone wall but they paid it no mind, they were confident in their success. They believed that they were about to crash through the woods and roll up the flank of the Yankees on the other side.

Suddenly, a vast sheet of flame erupted from the stone wall. Some Federal soldiers,who were crouched down behind the wall, could not believe their good fortune at having an entire Confederate Brigade served up to them on a platter, so they burst over the top of the wall and let loose a withering volley at the unsuspecting rebels. Unfortunately for the Confederates, Iverson, their commander, had not deployed an advance line of skirmishers in order to prevent any surprises. Hundreds of North Carolinian fell in straight lines just as they had marched. In the days after the battle, they were buried in an unmarked mass grave, virtually in the same spots where they fell. For years after, the farmer who owned ” Iverson’s Pits ” claimed that his wheat grew the tallest in that part of his field.

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This is what IVERSON’S PITS looks like today.  The Stone Wall is gone, but if you look close to the left bottom of my Image, you can still make out the depression.

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This is looking what is the rest of the field that was off to my right.  Much to my surprise, there is only 1 small Monument to mark the spot where all these Confederate men died.  Also, there is nothing on the Map to show where this is.  It was a bit hard to find.  There was also nothing along the Main Tour Road to show this spot.  Wondering why?

There is also something else that I found out about.  It is told that this place is Haunted by the Spirits from the past.  Strange noise’s, yelling, and what sounds like gun fire have been known to be heard at night.  Makes me wonder, since I do believe that Spirits & Ghosts, if all that is true.  While walking in this area, I never heard anything except the wind and birds chirping.  In my future Posts about “On Hallowed Ground” there are other documented Haunting s at other places.  There is nothing here to show what horrible action took place here so long ago.

Thank you.

ON HALLOWED GROUND

 

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Yesterday was going to be such a beautiful day, I thought that this is the day to make a 3 hr. road trip to Historic Gettysburg.  Was glad that I did.  It was just a perfect day for this.  Clear skies & warm temperatures made for a great time to walk around with my Nikon.

Like the sign say’s, here in this area is where the Army of Virginia, approaching Gettysburg, from the top of the Image, engaged Union Forces coming from the bottom of the Image.  This was on the opening day of the fight, July 1, 1863.  The building off to the left corner of my Image was not there at the time.  It is a “comfort” stop for everyone to use.  The Fence was there at the time, but was destroyed by Confederate Forces.  It was re-built by the Gettysburg Historical Park to show what the battlefield was back then.

This area was the site of some horrendous fighting between the two forces.  Many lives were lost in this area with the fierce hand-to-had fighting, cannon fire, and musket fire that took a horrible toll on both sides.

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This is the McPherson Farm that was caught in the fight on the 1st day of the battle.  This farm was owned by Edward McPherson and built in 1837.  John Stentz was living here at the time.  The Farm House that was here burned down in 1895.  That’s why you don’t see everything that used to be here.  As the fighting progressed thru this area, the Barn was used as a Hospital for both Union & Confederate forces.  The dead & wounded soldiers littered the fields all around the barn.  The Barn received heavy damage during the fight from cannon & musket fire.  There are still holes in the stone from musket fire embedded in the barn that you can’t see from a distance.  The Monument on the upper corner of the Image is one of Gen. Buford that was in command of the Union at the time.

It’s a bit hard to stand here and try to visualize all the fighting that took place here.  It was quiet now.  No sound, except traffic moving.  Birds were chirping and this Hallowed Ground was once turned Red with the blood of Union & Confederate Forces.  Each one fighting for what they believed in.