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CITY OF FORT BRAGG
Fort Bragg is located on the scenic Mendocino coast, surrounded by beautiful redwood forests and the Pacific Ocean, Fort Bragg offers a unique blend of natural resources, recreation, and scenery. Fishing, wood products, and tourism are the primary industries of this North Coast city. Situated approximately half-way between Eureka and San Francisco, Fort Bragg provides the ideal site for vacation getaways or small businesses.
COUNTY OF MENDOCINO
Mendocino is one of the original 27 counties created in 1850 by the California State Legislature. The first county government building was established on Main Street in Ukiah in 1859. The name is derived from Cape Mendocino which lies at the counties northern boundary. Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo discovered the cape in 1542 and probably named it for Don Antonio de Mendoza, the first Viceroy of New Spain (Mexico). Mendocino County encompasses over 2 million acres or approximately 3500 square miles. Population in 2004 was reported at 8,200.
Every spring one thing brings out the whole town of Fort Bragg as well as visitors from all over? Whales.As the California Grey whales begin their northern migration Fort Bragg celebrates with the annual Whale Festival. Restaurants prepare their best clam chowder for the Chowder Tasting event, while nearly 20 microbreweries offer their beast stouts, ales and pilsners. There is a 5K and 10K Walk and Run at the Haul Road, a classic car show, arts & crafts faire as well as guided whale walks at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and the MacKerricher State Park. A great way to enjoy whale watching is to plan a charter boat tour out of Noyo Harbor. Whales can be seen from December through April in what sometimes seems as an overlapping pattern, with some moving south while others are going north. The entire Gray Whale populations (thought to be approximately 23,000) pass the Mendocino Coastline twice each year. Grays have one of the longest migrations of any mammal. In the summer they live in the Artic along the Alaska coast, beginning in December they can be seen heading south to Mexico.
The Gray Whales begin the northern migration in February when you can see the mothers with newborn babies by their sides as they make the trip from the warmer waters of Baja California to their feeding grounds in the Bering and Chukchi Seas.
Years of garbage pitched over the cliffs have provided Mother Nature with the ingredients to turn this beach into one of Fort Braggs main Points of Interest. Beginning around 1949 the area around Glass Beach became the public dump. It was the recognized dumping ground for everything from old cars to household garbage. During the early sixties dumping of any toxic waste was banned and by 1967 the North Coast Water Quality Board began plans for a new dumpsite away from the Ocean. Today nearly 40 years later you can still find remains of an earlier time in the form of a hubcap or sparkplug. There are shards of pottery reminiscent of the time. But mostly this jewel encrusted beach is covered by its most distinctive feature, Glass! It is easy to spend hours sifting through the millions of pieces of glass, imagining what each piece might have been. Each gem-like piece has been pounded and polished over the years by wave after wave, scattering them among sand, shells and rocks.