From Fort Sumter to Ellis Island, a Photo Tour of America's Closed National Monuments
Well we didn't have to wait long to see the effects of the government shutdown. The Census Bureau's website is down, as is NASA's, and America's national parks and monuments are closed. Below, a tour of all the different signs popping up today telling people to go away.
Here's Fort Sumter in South Carolina, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.
There you have it, no Fort Sumter while Government closes. Offering Harbor Tours about the history instead pic.twitter.com/izoo3XTiE4— Haley Hernandez (@HernandezHaley) October 1, 2013
Castle Clinton monument in New York is pretty lonely, too. In the mid-19th century, Castle Clinton was New York's first immigration processing station.
PHOTO: Places with no people bc of govt. shutdown: Castle Clinton Monument, Battery Park, NYC pic.twitter.com/Kj7fW7TckI— Stephen Nessen (@stephen_nessen) October 1, 2013
You can forget getting a tour of the U.S. Capitol!
The new normal at the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/1pckEsCPER— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) October 1, 2013
The National Zoo? Closed. The live cams? Off. The animals? Doing what they always do (pooping, sleeping, eating).
The Great Emancipator is locked up, too.
CLOSED- The Lincoln Memorial is closed due to Government shutdown. pic.twitter.com/ZvganAaT5L— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) October 1, 2013
These people are trying to see the Liberty Bell, but they can't.
If you want to see the Liberty Bell, you need to peek through a window, for the building is closed. pic.twitter.com/vJ1ktvLPLE— NewsWorks/WHYY (@GtownWOLane) October 1, 2013
Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are also off limits. Luckily the State of Liberty is really big, so you can still like, see it.
PHOTO; It's official, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island closed. pic.twitter.com/rPYx66QPRB"— Dee Faced™ (@HeavenLeeOps) October 1, 2013
The World War II Memorial appears to be an exception to the rule. A group of veterans have taken it over!
Top image: America is closed, go home. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque