- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A new report finds that National Park Service sites in the Charleston area and the tourists they attract mean millions to the local economy.

Figures were released Tuesday by the park service, which operates the Fort Sumter National Monument, including Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor where the Civil War began and Fort Moultrie on nearby Sullivans Island. The park service also operates the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site in nearby Mount Pleasant.

The report found that almost 890,000 visitors to the sites pumped an estimated $48 million into the local economy during 2012. The visitor spending analysis was conducted by economists for the U.S. Geological Survey.

It found that the nearly $48 million spent in the local area by park visitors supported almost 700 jobs locally.

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