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.

Living With Fire at Big Bear Lake – Part 1 “1927”

Surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest, Big Bear residents are well aware of the constant threat of both domestic and wildfires. This four part series of historical videos looks at how the Big Bear Lake communities have dealt with the threat of fire over the...

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Pine Knot Landing & “Step In Again-1”

A new book on the history of Big Bear Lake was published released in July 2018, called “Big Bear Lake - The Struggle For Land Water & Power” by Charles Peckham. This video is an excerpt from Chapter 18, about the history of Pine Knot Landing, and a fleet of speed...

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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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