Governor Clarence Martin signs the County Acquisition of Camp Sites and Parks Act on March 1, 1937.

  • By Alyssa Burrows
  • Posted 12/25/2002
  • Essay 4083

On March 1, 1937, Washington Governor Clarence Martin (1887-1955) signs the Acquisition of Camp Sites and Parks by Counties Act, thereby allowing individual Washington counties the right to purchase or otherwise acquire land for public use and enjoyment.

This act, passed by the State Legislature in February 1937, authorizes and empowers all counties of Washington state to acquire camping, recreational, and scenic-view sites for public use by purchase, gift, donation, or dedication. The act specifies that the county in which the site is located makes the rules and regulations for the site/park use and occupation, and provides for its care and maintenance.

The act permits a county to transfer site ownership to the State of Washington for park purposes by petition of 100 qualified voters within that county, and makes violations of county park rules and regulations a misdemeanor.


Session Laws of the State of Washington, 25th Session, January 11-March 11, 1937 (Olympia: Olympia Printing Plant, 1937).

Licensing: This essay is licensed under a Creative Commons license that encourages reproduction with attribution. Credit should be given to both and to the author, and sources must be included with any reproduction. Click the icon for more info. Please note that this Creative Commons license applies to text only, and not to images. For more information regarding individual photos or images, please contact the source noted in the image credit.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License
Major Support for Provided By: The State of Washington | Patsy Bullitt Collins | Paul G. Allen Family Foundation | Museum Of History & Industry | 4Culture (King County Lodging Tax Revenue) | City of Seattle | City of Bellevue | City of Tacoma | King County | The Peach Foundation | Microsoft Corporation, Other Public and Private Sponsors and Visitors Like You