Close-up view of the colored glass beads mixed in the sand at Glass Beach near Fort Bragg, CA (glassbeach36xy)
Glass Beach near Fort Bragg, CA. Located just off of Fort Bragg, this unique beach contains multicolored rounded fragments of glass, washed ashore from an abandoned landfill.
UPDATE 4/19/09 - Thanks to everyone visiting from matiascallone.blogspot.com! To see other pictures around Glass Beach, feel free to browse through the entire photoset at www.flickr.com/photos/matthigh/sets/72157603432709218/!
Glass Beach is not an official park or attraction - there are no signs pointing the way to the shoreline. Its origins date back to the early part of the twentieth century, when the nearby city of Fort Bragg used the spot as its municipal landfill. For decades, tons of trash were dumped into the ocean, or burned at the shoreline, until 'The Dump' was closed in 1967. Over the years, the glass bottles were smashed to pieces, then worn into colorful clear beads that mixed in with the course sand and gravel at the beach. Families come from all over California to collect the colored pebbles, although you're not supposed to take any away. But that doesn't stop the constant flow of collectors, leaving the shoreline with less and less color with each passing year. In addition to the polished glass, Glass Beach provides an excellent point of access to the rocky northern California shoreline, with the furious waves crashing against the craggy outcrops. For more information on Glass Beach, see www.mendocino.com/?id=257.
Picture taken November 18, 2007. Photo #36 of 52 of my 'Glass Beach' photoset.