Gettysburg 150th by the numbers

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Jul 15, 2013 2:09 PM

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(Gettysburg) -- Organizers of Gettysburg's 150th Anniversary Commemoration have crunched the numbers, and the estimated attendance figures have surpassed expectations for the 10 day event.

Gettysburg welcomed an estimated 235,000 visitors for the battle's sesquicentennial commemoration, June 28th through July 7th. The Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau has released the figure after considering event attendance, hotel occupancy and reports from area tours. President Norris Flowers says visitors came from around the world to take part in some 400 events.

The massive Pickett's Charge commemorative march, alone, drew up to 40,000 estimated participants.

Freedom transit shuttled nearly 68,000 people around the borough and Gettysburg National Military Park for free, and WellSpan Health passed out 50,000 complementary bottles of water to help all those visitors manage the heat.

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