Cama Beach Resort Historical Photograph Collection Camano Island, Washington
The Cama Beach Resort Historical Photograph Collection features snapshots and photographic postcards of the historic Cama Beach Resort on Camano Island. Camano Island is one of several large islands in the Puget Sound in western Washington State. From 1934 until the late 1980s the resort was open to fishermen and family vacationers. The resort was developed by Leroy Stradley who purchased 430 acres of shoreline and forest on Saratoga Passage on Camano Island's west side.
Cama Beach was one of 15 or 20 resorts on Camano Island during the1930s through the 1960s. In 1992, family members sold the acreage, shoreline and resort to Washington State Parks and the resort is now on the National Register of Historic Places and is a State Park.
The collection of photographs and some of the artifacts from the historic resort were donated by Karen Hamalainen and Sandra Worthington, daughters of Lee and Muriel (Stradley) Risk to the Stanwood Area Historical Society in the nearby Stanwood, Washington. This "Virtual Exhibit" is a selection of those photographs and a few documents showing the activities, natural features and historic buildings from 1930 through about 1965.
Many of the historic buildings have survived and cabins can now be rented for a new generation of family vacationers and possibly even fishermen. [www.parks.wa.gov/camabeach].