The Glass Beach of California

Imagine, you are walking through a beach where there is no sand but glass. If you really want to experience this walk you have to visit California where you can find a beach with an epic number of polished pieces of glass.

The glass beach, one of the unique and beautiful beaches around the world, is located near Fort Bragg, California. It is one of the famous tourist attractions in California. Unlike its colorful beauty, the story behind the formation of this glass beach is not so beautiful.

How it formed:
In late 1940s, the residents of Fort Bragg used to throw their garbage at the place which is now known as Glass Beach. They used to dump all kinds of garbage like appliances, glass and other household items. This place was also known as “The Dumps” by the locals. Also sometimes, people used to set fire to all this garbage to reduce the size of the trash.

In 1967, this area was closed by North Coast Water Quality Board and city leaders. And then Mother Nature helped the people of Fort Bragg to recover from their mistakes and from then till now the sea waves have cleansed the beach and millions of pieces of polished, smoothed glass are now left behind. The colorful pieces of glass that rise up from the sand sparkle in the sun and increases the beauty of the beach.

A video of the glass beach:

If anyone of you have ever been to the glass beach, do share your experience with us.

Image credit: mamojo Images by John ‘K’

3 Responses to The Glass Beach of California
  1. Tabatha Matson
    December 10, 2012 | 12:05 am

    This is my most favorite place on earth. I grew up not to far from here and went as often as I could. One thing that can make me smile no matter what is thinking about Glass Beach and my memories there. It is just so sad that most of the glass is gone now because of tourists. =(

  2. Phil
    December 10, 2012 | 2:26 am

    I’ve been there and it’s beautiful! But I was told that there were glass/porcelain factories that used to put their broken & left over pieces on a boat to be dumped in the ocean by the locals… Were they just sugar coating the horrible REAL history? I found some really cool porcelain pieces there, including a small dog figurine with only 3 legs…

  3. kuron
    December 10, 2012 | 11:50 am

    Thank you for brilliant posting:)
    that sea looks more beautiful by reflecting this colorful glass in sunshine. This sea is clear as the mind of a person who lives here.
    Colorful glass is a nice idea!

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