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Near Diablo in Whatcom County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

A Park From the People

 
 
A Park From the People Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 28, 2015
1. A Park From the People Marker
Inscription.  The first of many attempts to create a national park in the North Cascades occurred in 1906. But it was not until Senator Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson took the issue to the people "for guidance and direction" that the park became a reality. In what he called "one of the most impressive exercises of citizen involvement ever engaged in as part of a national conservation program," hundreds of people testified on all sides of the issue over a six-year period in Washington State and Washington, D.C., at hearings of the North Cascades Study Team and the U.S. Senate and House Interior Committees.

Finally, on October 2, 1968, the Jackson bill to create a system of park, wilderness and national recreation areas in the North Cascades was signed into law. Describing the result as a "regional recreational and conservation complex unparalleled in the world in its scenic grandeur," Senator Jackson said "it is also unparalleled in that… the public, the people of this State, have made the important decisions."
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable EventsParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical date for this entry is October 2, 1968.
 
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48° 42.632′ N, 121° 5.762′ W. Marker is near Diablo, Washington, in Whatcom County. Marker can be reached from North Cascades Highway (State Highway 20 at milepost 132), on the right when traveling west. Marker is located beside the parking lot, on the north side of the highway, at Diablo Lake Vista Point, within Ross Lake National Recreation Area, North Cascades National Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marblemount WA 98267, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The North Cascades (here, next to this marker); Chain of Dams (approx. 5.2 miles away); Transmission Lines (approx. 5.2 miles away); Gorge High Dam (approx. 5.3 miles away); Lighting of the Falls (approx. 7 miles away); Electric Forest (approx. 7 miles away); Welcome to Ladder Creek Falls & Gardens (approx. 7 miles away); Gorge Powerhouse (approx. 7.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Diablo.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a laser-printed metal plaque, mounted horizontally at waist-level on a metal post.
 
Also see . . .  North Cascades National Park. The origin of the national park and recreation areas in the North Cascades region began in 1897 when it was designated a Forest Reserve. Arguments about creating a national park began
A Park From the People Marker (<i>wide view; looking west across Diablo Lake</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 28, 2015
2. A Park From the People Marker (wide view; looking west across Diablo Lake)
with a petition prior to the Reserve in 1892, but it took over seventy years before environmentalists and other advocates would win the battle. North Cascades was designated a national park on October 2, 1968. The act to create the park also created the Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas. (Submitted on January 30, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 29, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 216 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 29, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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