RELOCATING The Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse

What Happened?

Coastal erosion and heavy rainfall undermined the stability of the landmark structure. Local engineers advised the Trinidad Civic Club that the Lighthouse would not survive another rainy winter. It was moved on January 10, 2018 to a temporary location in the Trinidad Harbor area at the invitation of the Cher-ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria. Until January 5, 2018, the Club did not have an alternative site, so their generous offer was gratefully accepted.

What Are the Plans & Costs For Developing The Memorial Lighthouse Site?

The Yurok Tribe, the Trinidad Civic Club and the Trinidad Rancheria were liaisons on a committee to find a new permanent location for the Memorial Lighthouse Site. The local community was invited to provide input and give suggestions, after which the harbor location was selected for the permanent site. The process has begun for developing the new site, which will include the Lighthouse and the historic bell. The process involves obtaining a Coastal Development permit, as well as designing, engineering, contracting and construction expenses. The fundraising goal for the permanent site is yet to be determined, but clearly the costs will be significant. Partnership with the Yurok Tribe and the Trinidad Rancheria will be instrumental in providing resources and assistance for this endeavor. Support of our local Trinidad community and Humboldt County residents will be essential if this memorial site is to be relocated and reconstructed.

Why is it Important to Rebuild the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse Site?

The Trinidad Harbor site together with Trinidad Bay Memorial Park commemorates the lives of 268 people - 244 buried at sea and 24 lost at sea, including local fishermen, Coast Guardsmen & pilots who have been lost at sea. The historical structure was built in 1949 with the Fresnel lens from the original Lighthouse on Trinidad Head. The Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse is the most iconic landmark of Humboldt County & the North Coast--the most visited, photographed and remembered site of all! The Trinidad Civic Club are the stewards of these memorials, entrusted with the memory of loved ones for generations to come.

What Can You Do?

Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated: Join the Memorial Lighthouse Friends for recognition on our website & at events; mail a check; donate via PayPal; visit Trinidad Marketplace to purchase Memorial Lighthouse Memorabilia.

Trinidad Civic Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donation is tax-deductible.

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