Island Of Joy Brothel, Fort Bragg, California

At one time Fort Bragg “boasted” of having 37 brothels of which this, The Island of Joy, was one. Fort Bragg’s most famous brothel was reached by a suspension bridge! It was located off of Fort Bragg on a rock at the foot of Elm Street – see picture below.

Island of Joy

Island of Joy

The suspension bridge pictured above took “patrons” out to the Island. The brothel lasted about a decade until it burned down in 1921. The local paper reported that “the town was blessed” when it burned. Several patrons are believed to have drowned when they fell  from the suspension bridge whilst under the affluence of incahol.

Very recently a mile long stretch of the coastline in Fort Bragg has been opened to the public for the first time in over 100 years. A brand spanking new coastal trail has been installed as a result of the City of Fort Bragg acquiring a strip of land along the cliff tops which used to belong to the Union Lumber Company (and its successors). Check here for details.

Wife Sarah and I were doddling down the trail today with our behemoth of a dog (Princess Molly – a slobbering 10 year old bull mastiff weighing in at a cute 130 pounds) when I wondered if one could see the rock where the Island of Joy existed. Here’s the pic I took. It is in the right location – at the bottom of Elm Street but ……. I am not sure.

Rock off of Elm Street

Rock off of Elm Street

Whilst there are nice signs along the trail I have severe doubts about the City raising one pointing to the Island of Joy!!!