National Park closes as government services shut down

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By Linda Ireland

 Congress didn’t pass a spending bill by midnight Tuesday. Any government functions considered “nonessential” are shut down, including Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park.

Tuesday morning, Park employees put up barricades and a sign about the Park’s closure. A couple from England, planning to tour the birthplace, was one of the first to be turned away.

It’s a scenario playing out across the country: The Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, Yellowstone National Park – all 401 National Park sites are closed.

Superintendent Bill Justice said he hoped the Park would be re-opened in time for Lincoln Days this weekend. But, that all depends on what Congress does between now and then.