Shutdown 2013: Mount Rushmore Visitors In for a Letdown
Mt. Rushmore is just one of the National Parks, Monuments, and Seashores that have gone dark due to the U.S. Government shutdown. Kurt Magoon / Flickr
National Parks bring nearly 4 million people a year to South Dakota, and support over 2,600 jobs. But not this week.
Some tourists are upset that Mount Rushmore National Memorial in western South Dakota has been closed by the partial shutdown of the federal government.
Wolfgang Ludmann tells KOTA TV he is angry because he came all the way from Germany to see Mount Rushmore, but could only see it from the road.
Orange cones block the main entrance to Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills. Even some viewing areas along roads are blocked off.
The Black Hills and Badlands Tourism Association says the government shutdown also has closed Badlands National Park, Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument and the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in western South Dakota. The association says some of the parks can still be seen from nearby roads.
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