Wildlife in the Big Bear Valley

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Big Bear, CA, Sept. 6, 2014 - Wild animals are a fairly common sight in the Big Bear Valley and surrounding mountains. Squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, and even coyotes are seen every day. There are other animals that we share our home with that we are rarely lucky enough to see. Big Bear was named after the huge Grizzly Bears that roamed the … [Read more...]

MWD Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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Big Bear, CA, August 16, 2014 - In the late 1950s and early 1960s, southern California was in the midst of an extended drought. Due to large demands on water from Big Bear Lake for irrigation down the hill, the lake had been reduced to little more than a large mud puddle. Although the dam was originally constructed to provide irrigation water … [Read more...]

The Highest Peak in SoCal

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Big Bear, CA, August 9, 2014 - Just a few miles south of the Big Bear Valley is the highest peak in Southern California. San Gorgonio Mountain, or as it's known locally, Mount San Gorgonio, was named by Spanish Missionaries in the early 17th century after Saint Gorgonius, a Christian martyr who died in 304 AD. At 11,503 feet, it can clearly be … [Read more...]

Logging in the Mountains

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San Bernardino Mountains, CA, July 26, 2014 - Although Big Bear and the surrounding San Bernardino mountain communities are best known for recreation, outdoor locations for Hollywood productions, and the gold rush of the late 1800s, it was logging that was the big industry in the early 1900s. Logging in the San Bernardino Mountains was once done … [Read more...]

Fireworks in Big Bear: The Best in SoCal

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Big Bear, CA, June 28, 2014 - On Friday July 4th, Big Bear residents and visitors to our valley will be treated to one of the largest and most unique fireworks displays in all of southern California. Shot from a barge in the lake, the fireworks are brilliant in our clear mountain air and we get the added bonus of their reflections on the … [Read more...]

Old Miners Days has Rich History

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Big Bear, CA, June 14, 2014 - In the summer of 1927, Big Bear had a parade celebrating its history that went right down Pine Knot Blvd. Local Big Bear historians think this may have been the true beginning of Old Miners Days. This year marks 65 years of Old Miners Days, Big Bear's longest running community event. Back in the early days through … [Read more...]

Mistletoe: Parasite & Provider

San Bernardino Mountains, CA, June 7, 2014 - According to an old Scandinavian Christmas custom, a couple who meets under hanging mistletoe is obliged to kiss. But mistletoe's function in the forest is actually less romantic: as a parasite, it attaches to the branches of a host tree or shrub, and absorbs water and nutrients from the host … [Read more...]

Remnants of History: God’s Eye

Baldwin Lake, CA, May 31, 2014 - When the Serrano Indians used local mountains as a summer residence between 2,000 and 2,500 years ago, they were known as The People of the Pines. They were skilled basket weavers and pottery makers, and they worshipped a huge dome of brilliant white quartz as the eye of their creator, “Kruktat”, calling it … [Read more...]

Resort Life… in Turn of the Century Big Bear

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Big Bear, CA, May 31, 2014 - As soon as Big Bear Lake was created by building the original 'Rock Dam' in 1885, tourists started visiting  Bear Valley. In 1888, Gus Knight Jr. and John Metcalf purchased 80 acres on the south shore of the lake to build the valley's first resort, The Bear Valley Hotel. Despite the fact that it took two days by stage … [Read more...]

Santa’s Village: First in the Country

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San Bernardino Mountains, CA, May 17, 2014 - When Santa's Village opened it's doors in 1955 in Skyforest, it was the first franchised theme park in the country, beating Disneyland's opening by more than a month. It was the first of three Santa's Villages built by developer Glenn Holland. In it's heyday, it was one of Southern California's biggest … [Read more...]