Steamtown Historic Site Closed Due To Shutdown

December 23, 2018

SCRANTON — Steamtown National Historic Site has temporarily closed its gates because of a federal government shutdown, a park official announced Saturday.

The park was closed for the safety of visitors and park resources, William E. Fischer Jr., chief of Visitor Services and Resource Management at Steamtown, said in a news release.

“Many other national park sites across the country will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. Park roads, lookouts, trails and open-air memorials at, will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited,” the press release notes.

A partial federal shutdown took hold early Saturday morning after Democrats refused to meet President Donald Trump’s demands for $5 billion to start erecting his Mexican border wall. Negotiations continued Saturday.

Visit www.nps.gov and select “Find a Park” for information about access to other parks and sites in this area. However, because of the government shutdown, National Park Service social media and websites are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions.


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