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Mount Rainier National Park to Visitors: Get Out

Closed: Shutdown Saddens Visitors, Park Employees; Angers Local Businesses

Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 10:55 am | Updated: 12:19 pm, Wed Oct 2, 2013.

After traveling 3,100 miles from St. Petersburg, Fla., the Wisniewski family arrived in Ashford to find the gates of Mount Rainier National Park chained and padlocked.

Though the family knew that, if lawmakers could not pass a budget, a federal government shutdown might close the park, the reality of it still was difficult to comprehend.

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