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 … [Read more...] about There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills!
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Big Bear, CA, February 22, 2014 - In July of 1911, a movie company from back east arrived at the new Pine Knot Lodge in Big Bear and began filming. That began a love affair between Hollywood and Big Bear that still continues. At about the same time, tourism started taking off in the valley, but only in the summer. During the winter, Big Bear sat empty. However, … [Read more...] about Hollywood Loves Big Bear
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 the hill. For economic … [Read more...] about 1884 – Big Bear Gets a Dam and a Lake
San Bernardino County, CA, November 12, 2013 - The ancestry and traditions of American Indians have been celebrated nationally every year since 1994. In support, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has passed a proclamation recognizing November as Native American Heritage Month. Supervisor James Ramos said he was proud that the County "is a leader in recognizing and … [Read more...] about Native American History Month is a Good Reason to Visit the Local Museum
Big Bear City, CA, April 1, 2013 - The Big Bear Valley Historical Society is getting ready to open the museum for the 2013 season, and they are seeking docents to help with operations. No prior knowledge of Big Bear history is needed; that will be provided in training manuals and at two one-hour training sessions, scheduled at the museum on April 23 and May 9 at 10:00 … [Read more...] about Historical Society seeks museum docents