1884 – Big Bear Gets a Dam and a Lake

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    Big Bear Lake, CA, February 15, 2014 - Frank Brown and Hiram Barton rode into Big Bear Valley on horseback in May of 1883. They quickly concluded that if they built a dam at the narrow west end of the valley, they would create a lake five and a half miles long that could supply much needed water to thirsty communities down … [Read more...]

Big Bear Airport Has a ‘Bumpy’ Start

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   Big Bear City, CA  January 25, 2014 - In 1916, Waldo Waterman, a pilot from Ontario, landed an aircraft in a field just east of Big Bear Lake, opening up a new era for the valley.  In 1924 Waterman laid out Big Bear’s first airfield just east of the lake. He used a 5 seat, single engine plane to provide passenger service … [Read more...]

Cabin Fire Near Big Bear City Airport

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Big Bear City, Ca - January 14, 2013, 11:50 AM - Fire crews of Big Bear Fire responded to a reported fire in the 700 block of West Country Club, just after 11 AM today.  As they arrived one small cabin was fully engulfed and a second cabin next door was also involved.  A lot of  smoke was seen throughout the Big Bear Valley prompting many calls … [Read more...]

Bear Valley Community Hospital Dedicates Plaque and Flag Pole to John Grandi

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Big Bear Lake, CA, November 8, 2012 - Bear Valley Community Hospital held a celebration this morning to honor John Grandi.  The hospital dedicated a bronze plaque at the flag pole at the front entrance of the hospital.  They had previously planned a tree dedication but discovered that they were unable to place the oversized plaque at the base of … [Read more...]

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Summer On Big Bear Lake And The Living is Great

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Big Bear PaddleFest 2012

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Big Bear Lake, Ca July 7, 2012 12:00 pm - "PaddleFest" 2012 is growing each year.  Over 150 racers signed up this year with 92 in the 5k alone.  This event has been attracting many, over the three day event, who want to try, for free, kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddle boarding as instruction demonstration rides are available.  The event … [Read more...]