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Washington F. Baum Papers


Washington Franklin Baum (1876-1967), a native of Wanchese, North Carolina, was the son of Somers and Mary Ann Wright Baum. He married Agnes Jones Baum in 1910. They had three children, Marjorie, Bessie, and Balfour. Baum was an influential figure in Dare County during its formative years. In 1924, he was elected to the Dare County Board of Commissioners and served a four year term. During that time he led a drive to build the first bridge connecting Roanoke Island to Nags Head. In 1928, Baum was appointed as the Dare County Recorder's Court Judge, a position he held until 1962. In that year, a new bridge between Nags Head and Manteo, that replaced the original span, was named in his honor.T ... (more below)

Title

Washington F. Baum Papers

Collection Number

PC.5076

Date(s)

1956-1983

Box 1
Language

English

Physical Description
Cubic feet
0.38
Abstract

Washington Franklin Baum (1876-1967), a native of Wanchese, North Carolina, was the son of Somers and Mary Ann Wright Baum. He married Agnes Jones Baum in 1910. They had three children, Marjorie, Bessie, and Balfour. Baum was an influential figure in Dare County during its formative years. In 1924, he was elected to the Dare County Board of Commissioners and served a four year term. During that time he led a drive to build the first bridge connecting Roanoke Island to Nags Head. In 1928, Baum was appointed as the Dare County Recorder's Court Judge, a position he held until 1962. In that year, a new bridge between Nags Head and Manteo, that replaced the original span, was named in his honor.

The Washington F. Baum Papers include correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs.

Physical Location

3D5

Creator

Baum, Washington F.

Repository

Outer Banks History Center


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Encoded by Kelly R. Grimm, January 2010


Washington Franklin Baum (1876-1967), a native of Wanchese, North Carolina, was the son of Somers and Mary Ann Wright Baum. He married Agnes Jones Baum in 1910. They had three children, Marjorie, Bessie, and Balfour. Baum was an influential figure in Dare County during its formative years. In 1924, he was elected to the Dare County Board of Commissioners and served a four year term. During that time he led a drive to build the first bridge connecting Roanoke Island to Nags Head. In 1928, Baum was appointed as the Dare County Recorder's Court Judge, a position he held until 1962.

In Baum's earlier years he served the U. S. Lighthouse Service for seven years and was also involved in the commercial fishing industry, mercantile and oil business. In 1962, the new bridge between Nags Head and Manteo, that replaced the original span, was named in his honor.


Formerly classified as 33MSS-76


[Identification of item], PC.5076, Washington F. Baum Papers, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, N.C., U.S.A.


Donated by Nevin Wescott, Jr. in 2009.


The Washington F. Baum Papers include correspondence congratulating Baum on the honor of the dedication of the Washington Baum Bridge, newspaper clippings, and photographs, and a scrapbook containing additional congratulatory letters, photographs, and a speech most likely made by the ceremony's key speaker, North Carolina Senator Hector McLean.


  • Baum, Washington Franklin, 1876-1967
  • Bridges--North Carolina--Dare County
  • Judges--North Carolina--Dare County
  • Washington F. Baum Bridge (Dare County, N.C.)
  • Nags Head (N.C.)
  • Roanoke Island (N.C.)

Folder: 1:2.1  
Copy of the 1927 Resolution to Build a Causeway Bridge between Nags Head and Manteo

Folder: 1:2.2  
County Resolutions to Honor Washington F. Baum
1962

Folder: 1:2.3  
Correspondence Congratulating Washington Baum on the Bridge Dedication
1962

Folder: 1:2.4  
Newspaper Clippings

Folder: 1:2.5  
Photographs of Washington Baum

Folder: 1:2.6  
Program from the Washington Baum Portrait Dedication
1983

Folder: 1:2.7  
Certificate of Merit from the "Newspaper National Snapshot Merit Awards," Presented to M. S. Bowles
1956