Tag: Big Bear History

Willow House is Dedicated at Historical Museum

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 erected the house last weekend.  Ramos and family were in attendance at the dedication, and sang traditional songs of the native people of this valley, and told a brief history of the Mission Indians.  Doug Walton, President of the Historical Society thanked Ramos for funding the project and for bringing the supplies, and people to create it.  Walton went on to express how he is excited about continuing a relationship with the Mission Indians, and how he hopes the museum can incorporate more of their history into its exhibits.  Ramos told the crowd that next summer they will build a traditional grainary and cooking area to go along side the Willow House.  To view the new Willow House, you can visit the Museum through the rest of the summer on Wednesdays or on the Weekends.  For more information visit...

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Big Bear Discovery Center Offers Holcomb Valley Tours

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 is a wonderful time to see the valley’s spectacular views and wild flowers that grow nowhere else in the world.  The Holcomb Valley adventures leave the Big Bear Discovery Center at 10:00 am every Saturday and Sunday throughout the spring.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling 909-866-3437. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP30619.mp3|titles=Big Bear Discovery Center Offers Holcomb Valley...

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Big Bear History with Dinner at the Captains Anchorage

Big Bear, Ca  March 26, 2011 12:00 pm – Where in Big Bear can you enjoy a steak, seafood, and perhaps visit with a ghost?  The Captain’s Anchorage asks you to form your own opinion about the ghost, but is sure you will find their food flavorful.  The restaurant was built in 1946 and your dinner includes a healthy portion of Big Bear history.  Formerly known as the Sportsman’s Tavern, the location has endured fires, gambling, and multiple ghost sightings.  The current bar area is named for former owner, Andy Devine, best known for his role as Jingles on the Wild Bill Hickok show in the early 1950’s.  In the Andy Devine Room, current day visitors can enjoy drink and food specials during the 4:30 – 6:30 happy hour each evening, Sunday – Friday.  The main dining room is open from 4:30 until 10:00 pm nightly, with Angus steaks, prime rib, chicken, seafood, and pasta dishes, each including the soup and salad bar with the meal.  If you’re brave, try the Ship Wreck, a rich brownie smothered in vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, pine nuts, and whipped cream.  To make your reservations, call 909- 866-3997.  The Captain’s Anchorage is located in the triangle at Moonridge Road and Big Bear Blvd, in the City of Big Bear Lake.  Visit their website at captainsanchorage.com for details about the menu and the...

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Big Bear Welcomes Home Team Jordan Romero, Celebrating Their Seven Summits Quest and Record-Breaking Mt. Everest Climb With “Live Your Dreams” Fair

Big Bear Lake, CA — The star of yesterday’s Live Your Dreams Fair at Big Bear Middle School was eighth grader Jordan Romero, who, along with climbing partners dad Paul Romero and Karen Lundgren, were welcomed home to Big Bear and celebrated for their record-breaking summit to the top of Mt. Everest on May 22. The community—including countless BBMS students–came out in support of Team Jordan Romero, as did the dignitaries, many of whom presented the 13-year-old climber with proclamations and accolades, which he humbly accepted to the cheers of those in attendance. Among those June 9 acknowledgments was a statement from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. As read by Big Bear Lake Mayor Liz Harris, “As a fellow athlete, I commend you for challenging your determination… your perseverance is the hallmark of a true champion.” Jordan also received commendations from Senator Bob Dutton and Assemblyman Paul Cook, as well as a visit from Third District County Supervisor Neil Derry, and comments from BVUSD Superintendent Nancy Wright, who said his legacy is the hope he gives all of us. BBMS Principal Julie Chamberlin did her part, in trying to secure something from President Obama and, in the course of many phone calls to the White House, she told Jordan, “They’d all heard of you!” As his principal, Chamberlin said, many people had asked her if she thought the arduous climb of...

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May 23 Blizzard Brings Valley’s Snow Totals to 131 Inches–Nearly Six Feet More Than Average

Big Bear Valley, CA — We didn’t get the snow on Mothers Day this year, but we did receive about three inches of snow here in the Big Bear Valley yesterday (Sunday, May 23), during several hours of snowfall starting in about the 7am hour and continuing into the afternoon. The late May blizzard also brought about near white-out conditions for some portions of the day, and, all told, brings snow totals for the 2009/2010 season to about 131 inches, which more than doubles the yearly average of 62 inches. Prior to the May 23 storm, our latest snowfalls had come on April 28 and on Earth Day, April 22, when the Big Bear Valley received about eight inches of snow. Per the most recent report on lake levels from the Big Bear Municipal Water District, lake levels are currently at about 69′, 7″—or two feet, eight inches below capacity; a year ago this week, this level was measured at 67′,...

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