Seattle's Klondike Gold Rush Museum may close due to D.C. standoff

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by CHRIS DANIELS / KING 5 News

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Posted on September 30, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 30 at 7:00 PM

If parts of the government shut Tuesday because of the budget impasse in Congress, Washington's paralysis will be felt at national parks.

All park services will close. Campers have 48 hours to leave their sites. Many parks, such as Yellowstone, will close to traffic, and some will become completely inaccessible.

Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park museum in Pioneer Square is one of the facilities that would be impacted.

"We strongly hope a lapse in appropriations does not occur, but we are taking proactive steps in the event it does," says Spirit Trickey, one of seven employees at the Park.

The museum hosts 75,000 visitors a year, and highlights Seattle's good rush boom, and history.

Trickey says it is unclear when the museum would be shut down, or when employees would be forced into furloughs.

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