Springfield tourist sites back up and running after government shutdown

By WEEK Reporter

October 18, 2013 Updated Oct 18, 2013 at 9:09 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The end of the government shutdown means the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield has reopened.

The site was flooded Thursday with eager tourists, who would have missed out had they come one day earlier.

The Lincoln home is a major tourist attraction and brings in visitors from around the world.

While guides gave their talks, other workers cleaned-up two weeks of fallen leaves.

Last year some 295,000 people came to Springfield for the Lincoln sites.

The reopening also comes just in time for the annual trick-or-treat events at the Lincoln sites.

Thirty federal workers who were furloughed say they will be paid for the more than the two weeks they were forced to take off, they're just not sure when.

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