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Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Second best, he didn’t want. – Robert Hartley, herdsman

Eisenhower National Historic Site

 

—National Park Service —

 
Second best, he didn’t want Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 10, 2013
1. Second best, he didn’t want Marker
Inscription.
Cattle housed in the show barn (in front of you) lived in bovine luxury. Designed in 1957 for Eisenhower’s Angus show herd, the barn included a heated office and washroom. The washroom gave herdsmen a warm place to groom cattle even during the coldest winter.

During the summer, cattle rested in the barn sheltered from the sun and cooled by breezes through special ventilation doors under each window. The Eisenhower Farms provided only the best for the show herd.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 47.399′ N, 77° 15.882′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from Eisenhower Farm Road. Click for map. Marker is located at the Eisenhower National Historic Site, in front of the show barn. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Barnyard Diplomacy (within shouting distance of this marker); Ankonian has been invaluable. – President Eisenhower (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); I shall leave the place better than I found it. (about 400 feet away); A Herd of Modest Size
Second best, he didn’t want Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 10, 2013
2. Second best, he didn’t want Marker
The Show Barn can be seen behind the marker.
(about 400 feet away); The Pond (approx. 0.2 miles away); Follow in the Footsteps (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Helicopter Landing Pad (approx. ¼ mile away); Guest House Railings (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains a photo of one of Eisenhower’s Angus bulls, with some grooming tools. It includes a caption of “Herdsmen used tools to groom the cattle’s coats and to train the hair to curl. At cattle shows staff polished the cattle’s hooves with printer’s ink and oiled the coats to add bloom and luster.
A photo at the upper right of the marker has a caption of “Eisenhower’s dedication to farming earned him an Honorary Master Farmer award from the Pennsylvania Master Farmers Association.”
 
Also see . . .
1. Eisenhower National Historic Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on April 14, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Biography of President Eisenhower from the White House website. (Submitted on April 14, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Marker at the Eisenhower Farm image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 10, 2013
3. Marker at the Eisenhower Farm

 
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Inside the Show Barn image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 10, 2013
4. Inside the Show Barn
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 328 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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