The several counties of the state and the county commissions thereof, jointly, separately, and severally, are authorized with the approval of the governor but not compelled to acquire lands by donation or purchase, one or both, and make improvements thereon for county, state, national, and public purposes.
(Acts 1939, No. 382, p. 506; Code 1940, T. 12, §224; Acts 1967, No. 747, p. 1601.)