Appalachian Trail Histories


H.R. 6599: Proposal for a National Park at Mt. Katahdin

This bill, proposed in the House of Representatives in April 1937 by Maine congressman Ralph Brewster drafts the legal outline of what would be Katahdin National Park.  Effectively this bill would transfer lands held in trust by the state of Maine to the federal government and allow for the aquisition of surrounding lands to be developed and managed by the National Parks Service.  One of the reasons behind the idea of a national park here was that the National Parks Service would be better suited to preserve an even greater portion of the lands surrounding Mt. Katahdin, thus better preserving its wilderness, as well as being better equipped to manage the inevitable increase in visitors to the park each year.