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Thursday, 28 February 2013
Glass Ground by Surf at Fort Bragg's Glass Beach
During the early 20th century residents of Fort Bragg, California chose
to dispose of their waste by hurling it off the cliffs above a beach. No
object was too toxic or too large as household appliances, automobiles,
and all matter of trash were tossed into the crashing waves below,
eventually earning it the name The Dumps. In 1967 the North
Coast Water Quality Board closed the area completely and initiated a
series of cleanups to slowly reverse decades of pollution and
environmental damage. But there was one thing too costly (or perhaps
impossible) to tackle: the millions of tiny glass shards churning in the
surf. Over time the unrelenting ocean waves have, in a sense, cleansed
the beach, turning the sand into a sparkling, multicolored bed of smooth
glass stones now known as Glass Beach.
The beach is now an unofficial tourist attraction and the California
State Park System has gone so far as purchasing the property and
incorporating it into surrounding MacKerricher State Park.