“Spoonful of History” is a brief video tour of historical spots all within walking distance of downtown Fort Bragg, California. Fort Bragg’s founding dates to 1857 with U.S. soldiers creating a garrison to move local indians onto a 25,000 acre reservation. As we look back, not a great moment in our history. Within 20 years, however, a booming town with wide streets and interesting alleys replaced the fort. The rest, as they say, is history. Besides all the wonderful architectural history showcased in this video, two treasures are featured: Ruth Sparks of the Native Daughters of Golden West, Fort Bragg Parlor #210, and the silver spoon at the beginning in which Main Street Fort Bragg is carved. Ruth, as much as anyone on the Mendocino Coast, has generated new interest and excitement in Fort Bragg’s cultural resources and history. She has produced history tour guides, such as “Street Corners of Fort Bragg” which bring town’s rich past to life.
As for the beautiful spoon, it was donated to the Kelley House Museum in Mendocino and its origins and age are still a mystery. When we find out, sometime in the next few months, we will let you know. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this tiny video created by the Fort Bragg Promotion Committee. One more reason to visit Fort Bragg.