– ARTICLES –
This collection of articles provides basic information about specific topics in Big Bear’s rich history.
If you are new to this website, a good place to start is with the menu at the top of this page
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”.
– TIMELINE –
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.
The new hardcover historical book “Vanishing Big Bear - 2” by Rick Keppler has just been released. It is now available at the Big Bear Museum, and at the following retail locations around the valley: Butchers Block - Interiors on Fox Farm Road - Haus &...read more
A couple miles west of the Big Bear village, up in the hills off of USFS road 2N10, nestled in the woods, is a small manmade lake, which is the home of the Cedar Lake Christian Camp. Today it provides lodging and camping accommodations to private groups, and...read more
Famous film director/producer Cecil B. DeMille was one of the first Hollywood producers to use Big Bear as a location for a filming. He not only filmed in Big Bear Lake, he built a home up here, and became involved in real estate development on the south side of...read more
We plan to add a lot more historical videos to this Big Bear History site. So we've created a new "Historical Video" section on the menu bar above. To get things started we posted a new video about the historic Mel Blanc home in Sawmill Cove. Check it out in the...read more
The August 25, 2012, Big Bear Classic Boat Show had a beautifully restored 26‘ Chris Craft named “Step In Again 1”. Sixty years ago, this boat was a familiar site on Big Bear Lake. It was part of a fleet of four “Step In Again” high performance tour boats that...read more
Kim Sweet and Rick Keppler present some history of the marina and village at Big Bear Lake, California. This presentation is illustrated with a collection of old historical photos showing the evolution of both the marina and the village area on the lake near the...read more
There was once a time, before the dam was built, about 20,000 plus years ago when our Big Bear Lake was larger and up to sixty feet higher higher than it is today. How was this possible? Noel Blanc, the host of the "Good Day Big Bear" on Channel-6 discusses this...read more
The last sections of the old historic bridge across the Big Bear Lake dam are being removed. The bridge was built back in 1924. Note: This post contains material from the Channel-6's The Big Bear History Show. The copyrighted information in this article have been...read more