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There is a statue in the Arcata Plaza of William McKinley. Very few people in the area seem to know why it is there. There is a lot of myth and drama surrounding McKinley. I have heard from locals that he was responsible for punitive raids against the local Indians (untrue) and that he visited here (also untrue). The statue was meant to go up in San Francisco, but never did and I have heard many conflicting stories about why that was so. One of the most self-explanatory reasons is that the statue is dated 1906 as in "1906 Earthquake." When McKinley was assassinated, there were schools and monuments put up and this is one. There is a nearby town that was also named after McKinley. The locals have an odd relationship with this statue. They take pretty good care of it. Unlike the statue of Abraham Lincoln in Lithia Park in Ashland, OR which has now fallen headlessly to the relentless on-slaught of the local Vandals, McKinley seems to survive year after year of Halloween festoonery.