Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, California

For decades, citizens living near MacKerricher State Park found a solution for garbage disposal:  they threw it off the cliff.  All manner of garbage was pitched, including appliances and the occasional automobile.   By  1967, the local government put a stop to this indiscriminate dumping and took measures over the next few years to clean it up.

Then mother nature stepped in, her pounding waves creating a beach not of sand, but of beach glass.

Not a place to be barefoot.

Tourists are “not allowed” to take the glass, although many do.  Apparently, the journey down to the beach is a little treacherous, so wear good shoes.

Tourists can’t resist scouring the shores looking for beautiful pieces.

Gems created from our recklessness.

Photos courtesy of Kuriositas.

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14 thoughts on “Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, California

  1. Wow so much sea glass! So beautiful! I actually make jewelry out of sea glass! This is my first post about my business. I would love feedback if you have time! Beautiful piece. I like the inspiration for it as well! I make jewelry too! Check out my first blog post if you’d likehttp://lynnettejewelry.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/sea-glass-color-energies/

    • HI Lynnette–thanks for popping by 🙂

      Pretty cool beach, eh? I love beach glass too, although there isn’t much around where I live. Your site/jewellery is lovely!

  2. Golly, it sure is pretty. I had a deja vu moment reading this post. I do believe I’ve heard of it but whether I have or not, a picture is worth a thousand words. Thanks for sharing, Karen.

  3. This beach is actually located at ft bragg California.
    I live in ft bragg (fayetteville) north carolina. It is 2 hours to the nearest coastline. Visitors would be highly disappointed to visit this ft bragg!!

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