Fort Bragg—Mendocino Coast Historical Society


Fort Bragg - Mendocino Coast

Historical Society


The 1892 Guest House

The Fort Bragg—Mendocino Coast Historical Society is a membership organization whose mission is to preserve and interpret our past for the present and the future.



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The History of Fort Bragg Unfolds in New Book

Local author shares the history using collection of rare, vintage images

Please Join Us for a Book Signing!


When: Saturday, February 15th

at 2:15 p.m.


Where: Guest House Museum

343 N. Main Street in Fort Bragg

Event is free and open to the public.

Books will be available for purchase.

Please call 707-964-4251 for more information.









 Just Published

New to Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series is Fort Bragg from local author Sylvia E. Bartley.  The pictorial history chronicles the California area in more than 200 vintage images and allows modern day readers to glimpse scenes from the past.

 This visual history book takes readers on a historical journey of the area; from1857, when Fort Bragg was an Army post on the Mendocino Indian Reservation, to recent the logging history that led to the area’s growth, to modern images of the town as a set for Hollywood movies.  The collection of vintage images has been culled from private collections, the Fort Bragg-Mendocino Coast Historical Society and the City of Fort Bragg archives.  The book includes information on how the city of Fort Bragg sprang up around the lumber mills and how the world-renown Dollar Shipping Lines started in the area.

 Due to the beautiful scenery of redwood forests and ocean views, photographers, artists and writers documented the “far West.”  Author Sylvia Bartley, has presented these scenes of yesterday along side modern images showing the area’s modern views and pull as a tourist town.  She hopes this work will “encourage others to pursue their historical interests, broaden their personal knowledge and understanding of themselves in their world and light a spark in others to explore and share their own discoveries.”


*Author proceeds will benefit the

Fort Bragg-Mendocino Coast Historical Society.*