This collection of articles provides basic information about specific topics in Big Bear’s rich history.

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Most of the content appearing on this website comes from the information and material acquired during the production of our weekly TV series the Big Bear History Show on Channel-6, and in the publishing of the book “Vanishing Big Bear”.


This is a chronological timetable of noteworthy events that shaped Big Bear’s history. It’s a continuing work in progress that is constantly being updated on an irregular basis.

Roy Rogers – Happy Trails at Big Bear Lake

This video tells of Roy Rogers and Dale Evens, and their involvement in the Big Bear Lake community back in the 1940’s & 1950’s. It includes clips from a few Movies and TV shows that Roy and Dale filmed in and around Big Bear. The images for this video were...

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The Peter Pan Woodland Club at Big Bear Lake

This is the story about the Peter Pan Woodland Club resort at Big Bear Lake. For many years it was Big Bear’s most exclusive resort.  It also created Big Bear City. The historical images in this video were provided by the latest edition of “Vanishing Big Bear-2”, and...

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Remembering Fawnskin at Big Bear Lake

Here are a few historical images, and a little bit of history about Fawnskin at Big Bear Lake. The historical images for this video were provided by the recently published “Vanishing Big Bear-2” and from the Rick Keppler and Mark Durban historical collections....

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A Day On Big Bear Lake With Elvis Presley

The Hollywood Film industry and Big Bear Lake have a long history that began in 1911, and continues to this day.   Back in 1962, Elvis Presley was in Big Bear Lake making a movie called “Kissin’ Cousins”.  In this video, Noel Blanc and Kim Sweet help us tell the story...

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The Forgotten Dam At Big Bear Lake

Between the time that the Rock Dam at Big Bear Lake was built in 1884, and today’s multi-arch dam was built in 1912, there was a failed attempt to build a larger dam that would have replaced the Rock Dam. It turns out that some of that old dam still exists today. This...

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Three Village Theaters at Big Bear Lake

A historical look at the Southeast side of today’s Village Drive at Big Bear Lake, and of the three movie theaters that once operated there. The Historical images were provided by the recently published “Vanishing Big Bear-2” and from the Rick Keppler and Mark Durban...

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