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Glass Beach California

Glass Beach is a beach in MacKerricher State Park near Fort Bragg, California, that is abundant in sea glass created from years of dumping garbage into an area of coastline near the northern part of the town.

In the early 20th century, the inhabitants of Fort Bragg threw their house garbage over the cliffs above what is now Glass Beach. They have thrown glass, appliances and even cars down to the country.

At that time the area was owned by the Union Lumber Company, and the locals called it "The Dumps". In the great tradition of pre-global warming, fires were lit to reduce the size of the garbage as the beach began to accumulate a massive amount of garbage.

In 1967, the North Coast Water Quality Authority and the city leaders closed the area and various clearance programs were undertaken over the years to correct the damage. In the next decades, the pounding waves cleared the beach and carried the discarded glass into the small, smooth, colored trinkets that today covered the beach. When the Pacific Ocean bombed the beach, he wounded the garbage into something beautiful.
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