Tag: Van Dusen Canyon Road

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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Van Dusen Fire Contained

[UPDATED] – Big Bear City, CA, September 25, 2012, 7:45am  – The fire was 100% contained at about 7pm Monday, September 24,2012. [ORIGINAL STORY] – Big Bear City, CA September 24, 2012, 3:45pm – Fire Crews are on the scene of a small vegetation fire that was reported this afternoon in the Van Dusen Canyon Road area, north west of the Big Bear City Airport. Most of the responding units were released by 3pm. The fire was last reported to be about two acres. Bob Poole of the US Forest Service says the fire was in heavy fuels as of 3pm and no smoke was visible. Some Firefighters will remain in the area overnight to monitor the...

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