This page will provide links to various research and articles regarding the statue of William McKinley, in addition to the latest press updates.
On Wednesday, February 21, 2018, Arcata City Council voted 4-1 in favor of removing the McKinley statue from Arcata's Plaza.
Following the Council's vote, a petition for the "Initiative to prohibit the modification and/or destruction of the President William McKinley statue and its base and/or the relocation from its historic place in the center of the Plaza" was circulated to the Arcata community for signatures. The petition needed 954 signatures of Arcata registered voters to qualify as a ballot measure for the general election taking place on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The petition received 1,426 signatures of registered Arcata voters.
Now that the petition qualified, on Wednesday, July 11, Arcata City Council members were given three options: 1. Adopt the ordinance outright without alteration 2. Submit the ordinance to the voters of Arcata 3. Order a report from any City department regarding the impact of the ordinance on the City. Of the four Council members present for the vote, all voted to submit the ordinance to the voters of Arcata.
On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, registered Arcata voters will have the opportunity to vote in favor of, or against the McKinley measure, known as Measure M. If approved by the majority of Arcata voters, Measure M would prevent the City from relocating the McKinley statue and its base from its current location at the center of Arcata’s Plaza.
More 2018 General Election information can be found here.
The complete text of Measure M can be found here.
No on Measure M Campaign Forms
Yes on Measure M Committee Campaign Forms
- McKinley Statue - Historical Resource Report - Final 06-26-18
- Humboldt County Historical Society (HCHS) Letter
- Arcata Plaza Bibliography
- Zehndner Biography Information
- Humboldt Historian Articles
- McKinleyville References and Memorial
- Arcata Union Press Clippings
- Van Kirk Arcata Architecture History
- Charley's Goat Arcata Union Article
- Military Records from the War of the Rebellion
- Madley "'Unholy Traffic in Human Blood and Souls' Systems of California Indian Servitude under U.S. Rule"