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Mel Blanc’s Historical Big Bear Home

Noel Blanc, Kim Sweet and Rick Keppler discuss Noel & Katherine Blanc’s home at Big Bear Lake. This interview took place in October 2011, on the Channel-6 Good Day Big Bear Show

The Blanc’s Big Bear home sits in Sawmill Cove.  This cove was once the home of a historic sawmill, which was built in the late 1800′s, to help cut up the 9,000 plus drowned trees that were left standing in the lake after the original rock dam was built in 1885.

In 1946, many years after the sawmill was demolished, Mel Blanc ( Hollywood’s Man Of  A Thousand Voices) came to Big Bear Lake and built a vacation home on this property.  This video presents a sampling of the hundreds of images that adorn the walls of this historical home.  Noel talked to us about these images, which document the many celebrities and entertainers who have regularly visited the Blanc mountain home throughout the years.

Sawmill Cove as it was in the early 1900's.  © Rick Keppler Collection

Sawmill Cove as it appeared in the early 1900's. - © Rick Keppler Collection

Sawmill Cove with the Blanc home as it appears today. © Rick Keppler Collection

Sawmill Cove as it appears 2012, with the Blanc home. © Rick Keppler Collection

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