The federal government shutdown has impacted one of Kentucky’s most popular tourist destinations – Mammoth Cave National Park.
This is the phone message recorded on December 28 at the Kentucky destination which is considered the longest known cave system in the world with more than 400 miles of surveyed passages:
“Thank you for calling Mammoth Cave National Park. Due to the cancellation of appropriations and the subsequent partial shutdown of the federal government, Mammoth Cave National Park will not operate cave tours, provide visitor services, or operate the Green River Ferry during the government shutdown. The park’s roads, paths and trails will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited.”
Mammoth Cave National Park has been closed as a result of the government shutdown that arose from the impasse between Republicans and Democrats over President Donald Trump’s $5 million request for a wall on the US/Mexico border .
U Bowling Green Daily News said some of the out-of-town visitors who found the doors locked at Mammoth Cave National Park have been from Illinois, Michigan and California. Many cars have also been reported to have issued invitations after seeing “closed” signs.
The government shutdown could affect agriculture. The USDA has announced that direct payments to farmers who have not certified production, as well as farm loans and disaster assistance programs, will be put on hold early next week, and will not resume until the government reopens.
So far, there is no sign of the closure coming to an end and it is expected to drag into the new year.