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Posted on 10/16/2015


Photo taken on October 16, 2015


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The Story of the Hole in the Head

The Story of the Hole in the Head
At the beginning of the 1960’s, Pacific Gas and Electric Company decided to build a giant nuclear reactor on the northern California coast, at exquisitely beautiful Bodega Head.

There was just one small fly in their ointment: one woman who refused to sell her land. The giant corporation tried to brush her aside. She went door-to-door in the nearby fishing village of Bodega, stirring things up.

The local opposition grew. The company decided to begin construction immediately. It drilled a gigantic hole 120 feet deep on a spot close to the ocean and next to a fresh water spring…a place that had been a Maidu Indian village for many generations. The old Indian spring immediately began to fill the huge hole with water, but that was of little concern to the PG&E engineers.

The people of tiny Bodega quickly took their case to San Francisco and Berkeley, the premier cities of highly educated tree huggers. Who, in turn, responded rapidly with money and expertise. The most important expertise came from geologists. They pointed out that this atomic site was very close to the San Andreas Fault, the big one that destroyed San Francisco in 1906.

There were other green types … media professionals… who focused the attention of the entire state on Bodega Head. Things got legal. There were injunctions. Laws were proposed. The Atomic Energy Commission came by.

PG&E gave up in 1964. Sold all its land on Bodega Head to the California State Parks for $1.00.

The small davids in this David and Goliath battle fired one last victorious shot at the giant company. Dedicating it to PG&E, the locals gave the newly made, very deep pond its permanent name: the Hole in the Head.

This is the Hole in the Head today.

just"jj", Don Sutherland, RQ 01012015, Don Barrett (aka DBs travels) and 3 other people have particularly liked this photo


9 comments - The latest ones
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Gorgeous capture! Nice to see a happy ending to this story!
23 months ago. Edited 23 months ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Oh I so LOVE winner of this kind !

No-one is too small to make a challenge... no-one is too big to fall off the "headland " !!!
23 months ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
Great story, Laurie. Excellent photo to go with it.
23 months ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Wonderful photo.
23 months ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
Admired in:
www.ipernity.com/group/tolerance

People who've missed the North Cascades have missed some of the best scenery in the west.
23 months ago.
slgwv
slgwv
Looks like a sinkhole! (But the wrong kind of bedrock--I don't think it's limestone, anyway.)
23 months ago.
Meadowmom has replied to slgwv
No, it is the Hole in the Head...
23 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Beautifully captured (interesting story).
Congrats on Explore.
23 months ago.