UMass archaeologists are busy excavating part of the massive Springfield Armory complex that once manufactured the standard military rifle used in World War 2 and Korea.
The National Park Service says visitors to its Massachusetts parks in 2012 pumped over 500 million dollars into the state’s economy. But the only historic site in western Massachusetts contributed well under one percent of that.
With the federal government shutdown resolved, furloughed workers and impacted industries are picking up the pieces, and national parks are opening back up.
The Springfield Armory National Historic Site is among the local facilities that would be affected if the federal government shuts down.