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NPS Releases Park Administrative History Document

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Date: September 3, 2008
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111

Superintendent Mike Murray announced today the release of the National Park Service publication, The Creation and Establishment of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina. In 1937, Congress authorized the creation and establishment of Cape Hatteras National Seashore – America’s first national seashore park. The report is an administrative history of the Seashore and spans the time period from the 1930’s and the Great Depression through the 1960’s when the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge was built allowing automobile access to Hatteras Island and the Mission 66 era. This study is part of an ongoing effort in the NPS to provide comprehensive documentation of the historic resources.

The document is available on the National Park Service web site at:


under Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Hard bound copies of the document can be found at Dare Country libraries and The Outer Banks History Center.

For more information, please contact Doug Stover at 252-473-2111.


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Ocracoke Inlet was one of the most heavily traveled inlets in the 1700s.

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