“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Fort Bragg in Mendocino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Surrounded By Trees

Surrounded By Trees Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 22, 2016
1. Surrounded By Trees Marker
Caption: Lucy Cooper and her baskets. She is survived by children and grandchildren living in our community.
Inscription. Long ago, young Lucy Cooper became annoyed by the wind that blew her clothing around. She brought sacred acorn meal from her house and offered it to the wind. The wind stopped.
Lucy Cooper's Pomo village, called Kah-la-deh-mun, "surrounded by trees," provided her people with a summer site for collecting the plentiful coastal foods.
An accident alerted Europeans to the trees for which Lucy's village was named. In 1850, the San Francisco bound brig Frolic wrecked on a reef a few miles to the south. When Jerome Ford arrived to salvage the cargo, he "discovered" the redwood forests. Within a few years, lumber mills operated at nearly every cove along the coast. In 1856, a military base, called Fort Bragg, was built to control native people so that commerce could take advantage of newly-found richer.
Lucy Cooper could not stop the influx of settlers. Nor could she halt the removal of her people from these bluffs and the deadly march to a Covelo reservation. When she and her husband escaped the reservation and returned here, she found that a lumber mill had replaced her home.
Nevertheless, Lucy stayed and rebuilt her life here, creating the woven baskets for which she is now famous. She passed away in 1945.
Erected by City of Fort Bragg.
Surrounded By Trees Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 22, 2016
2. Surrounded By Trees Marker
39° 27.12′ N, 123° 48.66′ 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, 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. Our Past Through Our Trash (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dynamite Shack (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Weller House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Building (approx. half a mile away); Charles Russell Johnson (approx. half a mile away); Fort Bragg (approx. 0.6 miles away); Whirring Saws Silenced: A Pictorial History of the Mill Site (approx. 0.6 miles away); Harvesting the Shore (approx. 2.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Bragg.
More about this marker. This marker is found at the parking lot of Noyo Headlands Park in Fort Bragg.
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 100 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on August 7, 2016.
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