Mass. attractions reopen after government shutdown ends
BOSTON (AP) - Some of the most popular tourist attractions in Massachusetts are reopening following a Congressional deal that ended the two-week old partial government shutdown.
Craig Thatcher, North District Ranger at the Cape Cod National Seashore, says gates were reopening Thursday allowing visitors back in the sprawling 44,000-acre park. Bathrooms and the visitors' center were also expected to reopen to the public.
Thatcher says he was one of 11 park employees out of nearly 100 who continued to work through the crisis. He says his colleagues are happy to be back.
In Boston, park rangers opened gates and took down signs informing people of the shutdown at the U.S.S. Constitution in the city's Charlestown neighborhood.
The Bunker Hill Monument and the Minute Man National Historic Park are among other government facilities reopening.