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Lincoln Home reopens in Springfield after shutdown

Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Ill.

Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Ill.

 
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By Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD -- Employees at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield say it was business as usual after the end of the partial federal government shutdown.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports visitors returned to the property Thursday.

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Historian Tim Townsend said busses of tourists visited site and reported "everything is going smoothly."

The home and its visitors' center were closed for 16 days during the shutdown.

Abraham Lincoln's home is one of the city's top tourist attractions and is operated by the National Parks Service.

The popular site drew more than 295,000 visitors last year.

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