McKinley Statue

This page will provide updated information regarding the statue of William McKinley, in addition to the latest press releases.


On Wednesday, February 21, 2018, Arcata City Council voted 4-1 in favor of relocating the McKinley statue from the center of the Arcata Plaza.

The McKinley statue is identified as a historic feature of the Plaza in the City’s guiding document called the General Plan, and this designation requires the City to complete an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) prior to taking action to relocate the statue. The intent of environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is to describe the potential impacts of removing McKinley to City officials and the public prior to removing the statue.

Following the Council's vote, a petition to prohibit the removal of the President William McKinley statue and its base 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, qualifying for the ballot.

On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, registered Arcata voters had the opportunity to vote in favor of, or against the McKinley measure, known as Measure M. The majority of Arcata voters (62.16%) voted Measure M down. As such, the City Council’s vote from Wednesday, February 21 still stands, and City staff will initiate the review of relocating the McKinley statue from the center of Arcata’s Plaza.

For archive information on ballot Measure M, click here.

To review historical documents and news articles regarding Humboldt County and National history as it relates to the McKinley Statue, George Zehndner and Fort Humboldt, click here.

Environmental Review Process Update

The environmental review document, known as the Draft Environmental Report (DEIR) is currently being circulated. The cost for the environmental review and initial removal is estimated at $60,000. Individual donors have come forward to donate funds for removal and to raise funds and fund the project if relocation moves forward.

The City Planning Commission conducted a Public Hearing at its regular meeting on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, where public comments regarding the DEIR were received.

A copy of the DEIR can be found here.  The public comment period has been extended until Monday, November 19, 2018 at 5 p.m. More information regarding the Environmental Review process, public hearings, public comment instructions or to view the DEIR, click here.

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