Take A Walk Through Fort Bragg History: Learn How A Military Post Became The City’s Business District, Visit Our Pioneer Cemetery, And More
—Posted Thursday, May 10th, 2012 at 10:16 pm—
One of the things we enjoy when on vacation, is learning something about the history of our vacation destination. It adds so much when we understand the events that shaped the areas we visit. It’s fun to read historical markers, and even better when we can join in a tour led by a local historian. If you’re like us, and you’ve planned to stay with us during the next few months, then you’re in for a real treat.
This month the Mendocino Coast Historical Society begins a program of docent led walks through Fort Bragg’s historical business district (we’re just a few blocks away), and pioneer cemetery. This is a fun way to learn about Fort Bragg’s interesting past and and the pioneer families that helped develop the area.
Historic Downtown: On Saturday May 19, you’ll hear how Fort Bragg’s business district is actually located where the Fort Bragg military post was built; how the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake destroyed much of the business district (ironically triggering an economic boom); and learn about later events that shaped the Fort Bragg we know today. Meet at the Guest House Museum, 343 N. Main Street, for a 10 am departure. A donation to the Historical Society of $5.00 is requested.
Pioneer Cemetery: On Sunday May 20, listen to stories of some of the pioneers and early settlers of Fort Bragg and the Mendocino Coast, as you gaze at weathered tombstones. You’ll learn about tombstone symbols and what they tell us about area and family history. Meet at Rose Memorial Park, located at Franklin and Spruce Streets. The walk, led by David Foucheaux, starts at 2 pm. A donation to the Historical Society of $5.00 is requested
Here are some walk dates after May:
Historic Downtown Fort Bragg Walks: 6/16, 7/21, 8/18
Cemetery Walks: 6/17, 7/22, 8/19