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Barnyard Diplomacy

Eisenhower National Historic Site

 

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Barnyard Diplomacy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 10, 2013
1. Barnyard Diplomacy Marker

Inscription.
Dad preferred to take visitors over to the show barn to show his ribbons. Dad would climb into the corral with his bull and poke him in the rump with his shotgun until the bull would stand up. The Secret Service were petrified, but didnít dare protest.

Visiting dignitaries soon got the word of such favored treatment, so everybody had to be brought to the farm
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John Eisenhower

 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 47.385′ N, 77° 15.896′ 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, at 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. Second best, he didnít want. – Robert Hartley, herdsman (within shouting distance of this marker); Ankonian has been invaluable. – President Eisenhower (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); I shall leave the place better than I found it. (about 500 feet away); A Herd of Modest Size (about
Barnyard Diplomacy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 10, 2013
2. Barnyard Diplomacy Marker
This marker is generally displayed outside, near the entrance to the Show Barn.
500 feet away); The Pond (approx. 0.2 miles away); Follow in the Footsteps (approx. ľ mile away); The Helicopter Landing Pad (approx. 0.3 miles 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 with a caption of “Mexican President Lopez Mateos (center wearing sunglasses) admires one of the herd in the show barn with President Eisenhower (left) and his son John Eisenhower (far right).”
Two other photos at the lower left of the marker depict Eisenhower at the farm with other dignitaries. The first has a caption of “Eisenhower shows off his cattle ribbons to President Charles De Gaulle of France. Eisenhower and De Gaulle took a break from their preparations for the 1960 Paris summit to tour the farm.” The caption on the second photo is “Sir Winston Churchill (back seat wearing white hat), former Prime Minister of Great Britain, visited the farm in 1959. Secret Service agents expressed concern for Churchillís safety when he began slapping the cattle on their
Marker at the Eisenhower Farm image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 10, 2013
3. Marker at the Eisenhower Farm
haunches while touring the show barn.”
 
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.)
 
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Show Barn image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 10, 2013
4. Show Barn
Inside the Show Barn image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 10, 2013
5. Inside the Show Barn
Eisenhower's best cattle were brushed and bathed regularly in this barn to prepare them for competition.
Eisenhower Cattle Awards image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 10, 2013
6. Eisenhower Cattle Awards
Many of the awards won by Eisenhower's cattle can be seen in the Show Barn. As stated on the marker, Ike would show these off to important visitors.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 288 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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