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Good night, Old Faithful. The lodge and other overnight facilities near the world-famous geyser in Yellowstone National Park may soon be closed. A new master plan for the nation's oldest national park calls for gradually converting the scenic area to day use only. Reason: the unique geothermal features in the upper geyser basin need protection, says the National Park Service.

The lodge dates back to the days when visitors came on horseback and needed a place to stay. Since the 1930s, however, the Park Service has realized that a number of the buildings and roads amid these spectacular sights should be removed to less critical areas.

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An environmental impact statement has been issued on these plans and the Park Service is seeking public comment.

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