July 10 - 1961: Cape Congressman Keith's National Seashore Bill passes House

1989: Three Cape towns are 350 years old
The interpretative center of the park in Eastham

1961: GOP conservative saves Morris and Stage Islands for private ownership

House approves bill to create a national park at Cape Cod

On this day in 1961, Cape Cod's last of a long line of conservative Republican Congressmen, Hastings Keith, saw the House of Representatives approve his version of the Kennedy-Saltonstall Senate bill by a roll-call vote of 278 to 82. 

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Representative Hastings Keith's house bill created a 25,700-acre national seashore area along the outer coast of Cape Cod which did not include Chatham's Stage and Morris Islands as the senate version had.

Keith's bill was thus 5,000 acres smaller than Jack Kennedy had intended.

Mr. Keith served six term in the US Congress and was replaced in 1972 by Garry Studds. See story below.

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1989: Barnstable, Sandwich and Yarmouth are 350 years old

On this day in 1989, the New York Times trumpeted the 350th birthdays of three Cape towns, Barnstable and Yarmouth on the Mid Cape and Sandwich on the Upper Cape: 

Three of Cape Cod's oldest and largest communities are starting to celebrate their 350th birthdays this summer and fall, paying homage to their austere Puritan ancestors for founding the towns of Sandwich, Barnstable and Yarmouth in 1639.

Of course, those determined pilgrims had no thought that their success in surviving would one day bring multitudes searching for sun, sand and clean ocean waters. There are parts of the Cape's North Side along State Route 6A that descendants of the earliest pilgrims might still recognize. There is little else they would, because Cape Cod is now the year-around home of nearly 190,000 people, a population that more than doubles from late June to Labor Day, when as many as 500,000 people may be on the Cape at the same time. 

Read the entire story in the New York Times.


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