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Series Record

Title :
Tide and shore land plat survey maps
Record Group :
County Auditor
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Series Date(s) :
1894-1958  Begin Date: 1894    End Date: 1958 
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Scope :
Under Article XVII of its constitution, Washington State asserts ownership of the "beds and shores of all navigable waters in the state up to and including the line of ordinary high tide, in waters where the tide ebbs and flows, and up to and including the line of ordinary high water within the banks [shore lands] of all navigable rivers and lakes." Plat surveys of the state's lands were undertaken by the state agency responsible for public lands. During the time period covered by these records (1894-1958), these agencies included the Board of Appraisers of Tide and Shore Lands, the Commissioner of Public Lands, the Board of State Land Commissioners acting as the Board of Harbor Line Commissioners, and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. The record copy of maps produced by the plat surveys was retained at the state level, with secondary copies held by relevant local jurisdictions. Maps for King County were held by the Auditor, who also served as the sales or lease agent for the state lands. The surveys established a baseline appraisal standard of the lands for future tax assessments.

The plat maps in this series fall into four categories: (1) Maps of Puget Sound tidelands, from Salmon Bay (Ballard) to a point in southwest Seattle in Section 12, Township 23, Range 3, just south of Westwood by the Sound; and along Commencement Bay in what is now Pierce County (1894-1927). (2) Maps of shore lands around Lakes Union and Washington prior to the construction of the Lake Washington Ship Canal (1907-1914). (3) Maps of shore lands around Lakes Union and Washington after canal construction (1920-1933) and (4) Maps of Lake Washington shore lands at the Black River near Renton (1914; 1955). Maps show actual shore lines at time of survey, property lines; some maps also show structures.
Physical Description :
13 volumes containing approximately 398 maps.
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