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Cruz Bay in St John, Virgin Islands — The Caribbean (The West Indies)
 

Establishment of Virgin Islands National Park

A Grassroots Contribution

 
 
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By Don Morfe, January 29, 2012
1. Establishment of Virgin Islands National Park Marker
Inscription. The Virgin Islands government had proposed a territorial park for the Reef Bay region of St. John as early as 1937. This led to feasibility studies by the U.S. Department of the Interior to determine if the resources of St. John warranted the inclusion of the island in the National Park system. After World War II, both a National Recreation Area and National Park were considered.

While Laurance Rockefeller provided the necessary funding for the purchase of the land that would eventually become a park, it was the urging of land owner and real estate developer Frank Stick that resurrected federal and territorial interest for the establishment of a national park unit on St. John.

St. John Senator Julius Sprauve, Sr. introduced local legislation for the establishment of Virgin Islands National Park. He was also integral in Territorial requests to the Department of the Interior for improved roads and trails to facilitate the proposed “winter resident trade.” Homesteading provisions for St. Johnians were sought as a means of ensuring a reliable food source for both residents and anticipated visitors. In the mid-1950ís, with the gradual growth of tourism and development in the Caribbean, many St. John land owners either donated or sold land to Laurance Rockefeller with the intent to ensure the preservation of the natural

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By Don Morfe, January 29, 2012
2. Establishment of Virgin Islands National Park Marker
beauty of the island. Today, Virgin Islands National Park consists of about half of the island of St. John
 
Location. 18° 19.986′ N, 64° 47.586′ W. Marker is in Cruz Bay, Virgin Islands, in St John. Marker is on North Shore Road. Click for map. The marker is located on the grounds of the Virgin Island National Park Visitor Center. Marker is in this post office area: St John VI 00831, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Philanthropy in the National Park Service (here, next to this marker); Laurance Rockefeller (here, next to this marker); Horse Mill (approx. 4.6 miles away); Annaberg Historic Trail (approx. 4.6 miles away); Slave Quarters (approx. 4.6 miles away); Windmill (approx. 4.7 miles away); Boiling Room (approx. 4.7 miles away); Arthur S. Fairchild (approx. 8.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cruz Bay.
 
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By Don Morfe, January 29, 2012
3. Establishment of Virgin Islands National Park Marker
Establishment of Virgin Islands National Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 29, 2012
4. Establishment of Virgin Islands National Park Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 472 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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