Cape Cod National Seashore

Cape Cod National Seashore

Timeline of the Creation of Cape Cod National Seashore

February 1, 2011, 7:44 am

TIMELINE: How it happened

Later 1930s: National Park Service’s Civilian Conservation Corps obtains funding for a study of possible public Seashores along the coasts.

1939: A National Park Service consultant undertakes a preliminary investigation of a possible National Seashore from Duxbury to the tip of the Cape.

1943: Due to World War II, National Park Service’s budget is cut from $32.5 million to $5 million, and all expansion initiatives are shelved.

1953: Cape resident Francis W. Sargent is named state commissioner of natural resources (he later became governor of Massachusetts).

1955 National Park Service Seashore Recreation Area Survey report is completed.

1956 National Park Service publishes “Our Vanishing Shoreline,” based on the previous year’s survey results. Sixteen potential park sites are identified and “Great Beach, Cape Cod” is No. 1 on the priority list.

Nov. 1 1956: The Cape Codder is the first to report that NPS is poised to move forward with plans to establish Cape Cod National Seashore.

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