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Visitors Turned Away From Parks Due To Government Shutdown

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Jackson - Visitors are being turned away from the Civil War battlefield in Vicksburg and seven other National Park Service sites in Mississippi because of the partial shutdown of the federal government.
    
The Vicksburg National Military Park's chief of operations, Rick Martin, says Wednesday that he's had to tell tourists and locals that they can't walk, run or drive through the 1,800-acre site.
    
The other National Park Service sites in Mississippi are Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield near Baldwyn, Grand Gulf Military Monument Park near Port Gibson, Gulf Islands National Seashore in Ocean Springs, Natchez National Historic Park, the Natchez Trace Parkway and Tupelo National Battlefield.
    
The parkway remains open but its visitor centers and restrooms are closed. The road runs from Natchez up to Tishomingo County and on to Nashville, Tenn.

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