Anchor Bay, California in Mendocino County

Anchor Bay shopping complex includes a general store with groceries, produce such as fresh fruits and vegetables, organics, a deli, sandwiches and picnic items and more. There are several restaurants with one serving Breakfast, Lunch an Dinner, a Real Estate office, Soul Dance, a shop with acupuncture, herbs and nutrition, a flooring store and more.

Once inhabited by Central Pomo Indians, the area was also a popular place for Russians and native Alaskans hunters in the early 1800's and Mexican land owners in the 1840's.

Schooner Gulch State Beach provides hiking trails, fishing, windsurfing, picnic areas and a vista point. The beach is fantastic for watching sunsets or the seasonal migration of whales. It includes a small parking area with two trailheads on the west side of the highway. The southern trail leads to Schooner Gulch Beach and the northern trail provides access to Bowling Ball Beach.


Schooner Gulch was reportedly named for a sighting of a schooner caught in the gulch area. The schooner disappeared by morning, so the story went, thus perpetuating a mystery around the region and name.  Milling operations for timber and logging occurred between the mid and late 1800's.

A point of interest was Galloway School, which operated for 62 years from 1874 to 1936 with never more than 40 students. In 1940 the school lot was sold, and land around the it was farmed by the Nobles family until 1986 at which time the land was sold to the State of California. The school land was originally donated by John and Margaret Galloway, early settlers to the region.

Legend has it that Schooner Gulch got its name from a story in which a schooner was sited, one evening, stranded on the beach in the mouth of the gulch, yet in the morning showed no evidence of being there.


Source: California State Parks

History: Mendocino County was one of California‚Äôs original 27 counties, created in 1850 by the State Legislature.  Because of its small population, Mendocino County was administered by the government of Sonoma County until 1859, when the government was established in a small building on Main Street in Ukiah.  County officials moved into the first courthouse at the site bounded by Standley, Perkins, State and Schools streets on January 24, 1860.


Mendocino County encompasses an area of over 2 million acres or approximately 3500 square miles. 

clouds and ocean in Anchor Bay

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