Tag: Holcomb Valley

Comb Fire – Holcomb Valley

Big Bear, CA September 27, 2015 – *Update 1:35pm, September 27, 2015 – Van Dusen Canyon road (3N09) has been re-opened, it was closed earlier today due to the “Comb” fire.   A total of 80 personnel were assigned to the fire along with the 9 engines, 1 crew, 2 water tenders, 3 helicopters, 2 air tankers and one air attack plane.  With light winds in the area and a very quick response this allowed firefighters to quickly move into the mop up phase. The Comb Fire was reported at 10:25 am on September 27, 2015. It was burning near Holcomb Valley Campground on the Mountaintop Ranger District. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. It is holding at approximately 0.25 acre in size, and the forward rate of spread has stopped.  Van Dusen Canyon Road (3N09) remains closed.  Updates will be posted as information becomes available. Photo provided by Bob...

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Historical Reenactment Open to Public This Weekend

Holcomb Valley, CA, August 30, 2014 – In the early 1800s, thousands of mountain men roamed the wilderness and marked trails on the American frontier west of the Mississippi river. They were often isolated in the winter months, so they adopted Native American survival techniques and when the spring thaw came, they’d rendezvous to trade supplies, gamble and hold shooting competitions. The Big Horn Mountain Men is a present-day organization that promotes camping, archery, and cooking skills. Every year, they sponsor a rendezvous in the Holcomb Valley. This year, their primitive camp will be set up through September 7. Participants wear period costume, including the leather clothes and moccasins common to the era. Rendezvous events include Hawk and Knife throwing, Bow and Arrow shooting, and Fire Starting Contests with Flint and Steel. There are also kids’ activities, basket weaving and wool spinning. The Rendezvous is open to the public this Labor Day Weekend at the Holcomb Valley Scout Ranch, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Day visitors are welcome with/or without period dress, and scouts in uniform are admitted free. For a trip back into time this Saturday, Sunday or Monday, access the camp via Polique Canyon Road in...

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There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills!

  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 partner, Jack Martin, finally got directions and made their way to the valley in 1859. There they met up with other miners who were working the area known as Starvation Flats, very close to where the Stater Bros. Shopping Center is today. Not having any luck, they decided to hunt bears instead. Holcomb ended up shooting and wounding a bear which he followed into a beautiful little valley to the north which people started calling Holcomb Valley. He returned to the valley in search of more bear and while he was there decided to do a little gold panning. Much to his surprise, he  found gold. Soon word got out and hundreds of people came to Holcomb Valley to make their fortune. Jed Van Dusen was asked to build a wagon road from Holcomb Valley to the Cajon Pass to make it easier to bring lumber and machinery to the valley. Consequently, the town that sprang up was named Belleville...

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All Aboard the Old Miners Association!

Big Bear Lake, CA, January 26, 2014 – For 65 years, Old Miners Days have boosted Big Bear’s community pride and its economy. The Old Miners Association (OMA) is now gearing up for the 2014 calendar of events and is now recruiting new and returning members and sponsors. Membership levels range from $25 to $999 and offer a variety of benefits–from discounts on merchandise and event tickets, invitations to unique activities and the annual party, as well as chances to test out new educational programs before they are launched. Sponsorships are also available, starting at $1,000. This support not only helps produce entertaining events like the Heritage Parade, it financially benefits local businesses and individuals. As an example of how donations to OMA go back into the community, in 2013, the organization awarded two $1,000 college/training scholarships through the Miss Clementine & Lucky Baldwin Scholarship Contest, and produced the 42nd annual Chili Cookoff, an International Chili Society-sanctioned competition that draws thousands of tourists. The President of the Old Miners Association is a mining consultant who will be guiding efforts over the next few years to include multimedia exhibitions, interactive educational programs, and guided regional tours. Their future offerings also include educational programming for all ages to stimulate interest in mountain geology and the history of the Gold Rush in Holcomb...

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