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Fort Bragg in Mendocino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Our Past Through Our Trash

 
 
Our Past Through Our Trash Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 22, 2016
1. Our Past Through Our Trash Marker
Inscription. The strange and beautiful objects found along this beach started out as trash. Until 1959, this site was Fort Bragg's garbage dump. Years of smoldering fires and salt-water spray melted and twisted old cars, household trash, electric materials, and myriad other discarded items, turning them into fantastical shapes. Meanwhile, the constant rolling of the sort ground bits of glass and ceramic into smooth beach confetti.
Unfortunately, this historic treasure is disappearing as both locals and visitors cart off interesting objects and take handfuls of glass "jewels." The amount of glass on our beach today is a fraction of what it was in the early 1980s.
Enjoy our town's history, but please don't take our sea glass away. Ask others to leave our treasure on the beach.
 
Erected by City of Fort Bragg.
 
Location. 39° 27.048′ N, 123° 48.756′ W. Marker is in Fort Bragg, California, in Mendocino County. Marker can be reached from West Elm Street near Glass Beach Drive. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 398 West Elm Street, Fort Bragg CA 95437, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Surrounded By Trees (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line);
The Making of Glass Beach circa 1920 image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 22, 2016
2. The Making of Glass Beach circa 1920
Detail from the marker.
Dynamite Shack (approx. mile away); The Weller House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Whirring Saws Silenced: A Pictorial History of the Mill Site (approx. half a mile away); Charles Russell Johnson (approx. half a mile away); Fort Bragg (approx. half a mile away); Fort Building (approx. half a mile away); Harvesting the Shore (approx. 2.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Bragg.
 
More about this marker. This marker is found on the Glass Beach Trail at Noyo Headlands Park in Fort Bragg.
 
Categories. Man-Made Features
 
Our Past Through Our Trash Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 22, 2016
3. Our Past Through Our Trash Marker
Glass Beach image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 22, 2016
4. Glass Beach
Glass Beach image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 22, 2016
5. Glass Beach
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 115 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on August 7, 2016.
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