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National Park Shut Down Costing Economy Billions

Last updated on Friday, October 11, 2013

(UNDATED) - The cost of shutting down national parks to surrounding economies is nearing a billion dollars.

According to numbers from the Coalition for National Park Service Retirees, more than 700-thousand people visit national parks on an average October day.

They'd spend about 76-million dollars at the park and at local businesses.

Ten days into the government's shutdown, national parks have lost four-and-a-half-million dollars in entrance and rental fees alone.

In southwestern Indiana, the shutdown has closed the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, a 24-acre site overlooking the Wabash River in Vincennes.

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