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Caltrans To Begin Repair Work on the Boulevard

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 5, 2016 – The California Department of Transportation has awarded a $3.1 million project to STL Incorporated that will repair and replace damaged sidewalks, curbs, and gutters, including three traffic signals at various locations along State Route 18, or Big Bear Blvd., in Big Bear Lake from Pine Knot Avenue to Stanfield Cut-off. The sidewalks, curbs, and gutters are damaged from years of snow removal and base failure. The sidewalk and traffic signals are required to be upgraded to Americans with Disabilities Act standards. Construction will be no more than 800 feet at a time and will not require tree removal....

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‘Old Red’ Lights Up For The Holidays

Big Bear, CA, December 23, 2015 –  The Big Bear Fire Department will spread Christmas cheer this year as “Old Red” lights up for the Holidays! The 1950 FWD fire engine was recently featured in a mini parade, decorated bumper to bumper in Christmas lights with American flags blazing, followed closely by Medic Engine 281 playing Christmas carols through their P.A. system and Medic Ambulance 281 with some flashing lights of it’s own.  Big Bear Fire Department will continue to share “Old Red” with the community through Christmas Eve. It is the department’s way of saying thank you for the support the community shows throughout the year. Weather permitting, Old Red will roll through the streets each evening for viewing sometime between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The parade will start at the fire station located on Big Bear Boulevard and head west. “Old Red” will then turn South on Pine Knot and west on Village Drive. The trio of vehicles will turn around at Bonanza Drive, returning on the same...

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Resort Life… in Turn of the Century Big Bear

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 and burro train to reach the valley, the hotel was always crowded. Unfortunately, on Christmas eve in 1900 the hotel burned to the ground but Knight rebuilt and was open soon after. In 1911, the ‘Pine Knot Resort Company’ was formed by a group of wealthy businessmen from Redlands. They bought the Knight/Metcalf resort and built the Pine Knot Lodge. Located along Pine Knot Blvd.  just south of where the Village is now, the lodge had a large dining room, dance floor, and 75 cabins by 1913. It was torn down in the late 1930s. The Big Bear Tavern was a stylish resort built in 1917 and still exists today as the Presbyterian Conference Grounds. If you had the money, the place to stay in the 20s was Stillwell’s. On a point just east of the village, it was the most luxurious and expensive accommodations in the valley. Stillwell’s was rebuilt after fire destroyed the pavilion in 1928. Seventeen years later, the ‘rebuilt’...

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Shirt Shanty Opens with New Owners

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