Originally Posted by 2B
Speaking of the Keystone Cops -- the National Park Service is also comical in their obsessive steps they are going to to create as big an inconvenience as possible at any national park property. I especially am amused at putting traffic cones up to block scenic overlooks on public (not park) roads at Mt Rushmore. Blocking WWII vets from the wide open WWII memorial also shows a certain level of class. All monuments and park properties were kept open last time.
During the 26 days of both 1995-1996 shutdowns, national parks were closed. The Smithsonian museums were also closed. I'm not sure about monuments and memorials in DC, however.
Not-So-Fond Memories From The Last Government Shutdowns : It's All Politics : NPR
I agree that putting up traffic cones and blocking overlooks is ridiculous. In DC, there are biking and walking trails on lands maintained by the National Park Service which are officially closed, but people are ignoring the signs and are going around the makeshift barriers.