Environment: The Gettystower

A CENTURY after the Union Army turned back General Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg, the little southeast Pennsylvania town has degenerated into a tourist trap. Fried-chicken stands, ice cream palaces and motels clutter the surroundings of what Lincoln called consecrated ground. Two years ago, Maryland Entrepreneur Thomas Ottenstein announced plans to erect the most garish attraction yet: a modernistic 307-ft. observation tower overlooking the battleground, complete with $750,000 worth of audio-visual equipment to provide what Ottenstein calls a "classroom in the sky."

Pennsylvania Attorney General J. Shane Creamer, who calls it a "cash register in the sky," is fighting Ottenstein through the...