Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Battlefields good for Economy

This recent study done by Michigan State indicates that Civil War Battlefields and related historic sites prove popular destinations even during difficult economic conditions. I like to think perhaps people are looking to the past to solve the problems of the present and future. It also goes to show that, in the long run, preserving a battlefield or historic place is more economically and morally feasible than bulldozing them and turning them into shopping centers. The town of Gettysburg alone often makes $300-$400 million per year off historic tourism. Oh, if only many local politicians could put two and two together to equal four. You see? Saving battlefields can be the way to stimulate economic growth, not prevent it. If only the American people could understand that.

National Parks still booming in bad economy
February 2, 2009 - 2:43pm

Manassas National Battlefield Park.

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