This Big Bear Historical Timeline lists in chronological order noteworthy events in Big Bear’s history. It was started by my very good friend and local historian Tom Core, who passed away in 2006. The Timeline is divided into several parts and is continually updated as additional information becomes available.
Part 1 covers the time period from 1772, when the Spanish first arrived, through 1885, when construction on the Rock Dam that created Big Bear Lake was completed.
Part 2 continues on through 1915, with the dedication of the “Rim Of The World Highway” through the San Bernardino Mountains and Big Bear Lake.
Part 3 continues on through 1938, when an election is held to officially change the name of the community of Pine Knot to Big Bear Lake.
Select the timeline that you wish to view from the drop down menu above, or from the list on the right side of this page.