Yosemite’s birthday celebrated in silence

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There will be no cake, guests, or parties for this birthday.

Tuesday marked the 123rd anniversary of President Benjamin Harrison’s signature on a law that officially designated some 1,500 square miles of California forestland as Yosemite National Park, but because of a federal government shutdown, Yosemite’s birthday was a nature-only affair.

“Because of the federal government shutdown, all national parks are closed and National Park Service web pages are not operating,” read a simple statement on Yosemite’s website.

While all concession stands, campgrounds, hiking trails, and other tourist elements of the park will be closed in the next few days as guests are shuffled out of the park, roads will remain open for pass-through drivers said Jarrod Lyman, public relations director for the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau...

 

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