is a beach in MacKerricher State Park
near Fort Bragg, California
that is abundant in sea glass
created from years of dumping garbage
into an area of coastline near the northern part of the town.
In the early 20th century, Fort Bragg residents threw their household garbage over the cliffs above what is now Glass Beach. They discarded glass
, appliances, and even cars. The land was owned at that time by the Union Lumber Company
, and locals referred to it as "The Dumps." Sometimes fires were lit to reduce the size of the trash pile.
In 1967, the North Coast Water Quality Board
and city leaders closed the area. Various cleanup programs were undertaken through the years to correct the damage.
Over the next several decades the pounding waves
cleansed the beach
, wearing down the discarded glass into the small, smooth, colored trinkets that cover the beach today.
In 2002, the California State Park system purchased the Glass Beach property, and after cleanup it was incorporated into MacKerricher State Park
The area is now frequently visited by tourists. Though not officially permitted, many still scour the beach for interesting curios to take home as souvenirs. The glass is no longer allowed to be taken from the beach. When the beach was cleaned up people were quickly attracted to the beautiful glass so they took it. Before the beach could be... Read More