Big Bear, CA, April 26, 2014 - The first road into the San Bernardino Mountains, which was really just a trail, was built by the Mormons in 1852 and ascended Waterman Canyon. Big Bear Lake was created in 1885 and the only way up, other than a pack trail up Santa Ana Canyon, was a long arduous trip up Cushenbury Grade. To get to the Grade, visitors first had to travel over Cajon … [Read more...] about The Road to Big Bear
Big Bear History
Big Bear, CA, March 15, 2014 - In 1848, gold was discovered in northern California which brought thousands of people to the state from all over the world. One of these people was Bill Holcomb who tried his luck up north, but quickly decided to head to southern California. He heard rumors of gold in Big Bear Valley, but wasn't sure how to get there. He and his … [Read more...] about There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills!
Big Bear, CA, February 22, 2014 - In July of 1911, a movie company from back east arrived at the new Pine Knot Lodge in Big Bear and began filming. That began a love affair between Hollywood and Big Bear that still continues. At about the same time, tourism started taking off in the valley, but only in the summer. During the winter, Big Bear sat empty. However, … [Read more...] about Hollywood Loves Big Bear
Big Bear City, CA January 25, 2014 - In 1916, Waldo Waterman, a pilot from Ontario, landed an aircraft in a field just east of Big Bear Lake, opening up a new era for the valley. In 1924 Waterman laid out Big Bear’s first airfield just east of the lake. He used a 5 seat, single engine plane to provide passenger service between Ontario and the Big Bear Valley. … [Read more...] about Big Bear Airport Has a ‘Bumpy’ Start
Big Bear, Ca, September 5, 2011, 8:00am - On Saturday, September 3rd, over 50 people gathered at the Big Bear Valley Historical Museum for the dedication of the new Willow House campsite on the museum grounds. The Willow House is a traditional Serrano Indian structure, and the Chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, James Ramos, along with family and friends … [Read more...] about Willow House is Dedicated at Historical Museum
Big Bear's history includes cattle rustlers, movie stars, and several gold strikes. In the mid 1800’s, Holcomb Valley was an area of extensive gold prospecting. New towns sprang up overnight, and the population swelled to more than the rest of San Bernardino County. To visit this historical area, the Big Bear Discovery Center offers guided 4 x 4 tours every weekend. Spring … [Read more...] about Big Bear Discovery Center Offers Holcomb Valley Tours