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Looming shut down would affect Gettysburg park, battlefield

Updated: Monday, September 30 2013, 07:07 PM CDT
Reported by: Christina Butler

GETTYSBURG -- A government shut down would impact Gettysburg destinations. If the shut down occurs, the battlefields will essentially close.

"We've been instructed to shut down the park roads, entrances and parking lots. Pedestrian pathways, too," Katie Lawhon with the Gettysburg National Military Park said.

Park roads that serve as thruways will stay open, including Millerstown Road and Wheatfield Road.

Guests would not be allowed to tour any federal property, which encompasses much of the battlefields.

The Museum and Visitor Center will remain open since it is not funded by federal dollars.

Pat McIrney was visiting Monday from Colorado.

"It ticks me off!," he said. He continued to say that they were relieved their trip brought them to Gettysburg Monday and not Tuesday.

"We were on pins and needles, not knowing if things would already be shut down. I don't know that we would have canceled our trip, but it would have been difficult," he said.

Lawhon says 86 employees fall under the federal national park branch in Gettysburg. All of them, except some law enforcement members, would be furloughed.  

Lawhon adds that they have plans in place for a shut down that lasts as short as one day, to much broader plans that would cover a shut down of a month or longer.Looming shut down would affect Gettysburg park, battlefield

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