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Government shutdown hits Sutter's Fort group

By Carlo Falco
Published On: Oct 02 2013 10:22:42 PM CDT
RED BLUFF, Calif. -

A Sutter’s Fort display is feeling the pinch of the government shutdown.

The Sacramento-based museum’s living history unit – a traveling section of the museum that brings history to kids – has set up camp in the Mendocino National Forest Red Bluff Recreation Area.  The park is now closed.

The group teaches kids history by dressing in period clothing and setting up a trapper camp from the frontier days, complete with tents and muskets.

But the living history unit has been asked to leave a day early because the park they’re occupying is closed.

Organizers cited safety reasons and the lack of sanitation facilities, which have been shut down with the park’s closure.

The biggest challenge has been to fit all the scheduled field trips into their newly shortened timeframe.

Officials say despite the challenges, students haven’t seemed to notice any difference.

If you want to see the Sutter’s Fort Trappers Camp, they will be at the Colusa Sacramento River State Recreation Area next week from Tuesday through Thursday.

Tours are available to the general public for $4 a person from 12:30 until about 3pm.