“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.
Photographed 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
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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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers.
Location. 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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 398, Fort Bragg CA 95437, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 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); First Baptist Church Bell (approx. half a mile away); Major William F. Mullen Freedom Tree (approx. half a mile away); Fort Building (approx. half a mile away); Charles Russell Johnson (approx. half a mile away); Fort Bragg (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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.
Surrounded By Trees Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 22, 2016
2. Surrounded By Trees Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on August 7, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 403 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 7, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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