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Senators: Interior department endorses expansion of Gettysburg National Military Park

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Sen. Bob Casey, left, and Sen. Pat Toomey
Sen. Bob Casey, left, and Sen. Pat Toomey - (Photo / )

The U.S. Department of the Interior has endorsed a plan to expand to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Adams County, according to a joint statement from U.S. Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey.

Casey, a Democrat, and Republicans Toomey and U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, whose district includes the county, announced legislation in April to add a 45-acre parcel at the southern end of the park as well as the Lincoln Train Station in Gettysburg.

The Gettysburg Foundation plans to donate the 45-acre parcel, which was donated to the foundation in 2009, according to a news release.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, which was officially commemorated earlier this summer and beat visitor expectations of about 200,000 by drawing about 235,000 people from June 28 to July 7, according to the Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Based on visitation, the bureau said it was confident it met the $100 million economic impact estimate for the commemoration period.

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