Day 9 - part 2

Trinidad Travel Blog

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    Stephen, the tow trucker, told us about Trinidad State Beach, which he planned to have a family outing there for the weekend. It was on our way and to ease our arousal of curiosity, the picturesque little town was delved into. Flowers of all sorts were blooming, birds were soaring, and waves were rolling against the rocks, folks enjoying the tranquility. Homes are built in ways where inhabitants can rise with the sun to take pleasure in its beauty.

    To have the sense of history or to fly back into time, visit Trinidad, their Memorial Lighthouse at the Trinidad State Beach and few historical points. On the bluffs overlooking the bay, Trinidad, the oldest town on the northern California coast. Early on, the town was a vital link between ships anchored in the bay and miners testing their luck in the Klamath, Trinity, Salmon River, and Gold Bluff Mines. As the gold rush slowed, Trinidad Bay, like most bays along the Redwood Coast, became home to multiple sawmills. To aid vessels engaged in the lumber trade, a lighthouse was proposed for the ocean-facing side of the headland in 1854. Keeper Kiler faithfully stood watch over the light for a lengthy tenure of seventeen years, but amazingly his successor, Fred L. Harrington would top this by remaining at the station for twenty-eight years before retiring in 1916. Harrington oversaw the installation in 1898 of a fog bell atop a rock outcropping, roughly fifty feet below the level of the light. Suspended from a concrete gallows, the 4,000-pound bell was struck by at prescribed intervals by a heavy hammer. A clockwork mechanism was housed in a frame bell house just east of the bell, and weights descended down the face of the cliff to power the apparatus. The keeper had to wind the machinery every two hours, and the single-family dwelling was expanded into a double dwelling to house the additional keeper assigned to share the increased workload at the station. The most notorious event connected to the lighthouse was a huge storm wave that struck the headland in 1914. Keeper Harrington recorded the account of the incident in the station log and you can read it on this link:

    Doesn't it give you goose bumps as you learn their history? Not only you can educate yourself, you can also enjoy the beauty of the bay. The rugged coastal mountains extend 105 miles in from the ocean and create a barrier to the outside world.
This is a story about a bunch of rocks. Now, some people would have you believe these particular rocks --- sea stacks, islands and jabby pinnacles out there in the Pacific, mostly visible from shore. The sea stacks out in Trinidad Bay and elsewhere along the coast are part of the mélange: Some are chert, some sandstone, some greenstone and basalts. They have an action-packed past and beauty.

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