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The Story of Cedar Lake

 

The old Cedar Lake mill. - Rick Keppler collection

The old Cedar Lake mill movie set was built for “Trail Of The Lonesome Pine” in 1936. – Rick Keppler collection

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 is also a popular location for the film industry.

Cedar Lake was constructed in 1928, as part of an ambitious resort and real estate development that never materialized .  Since then, hundreds of movies have been filmed in this picturesque location.  Click here for more photos, and the story of historic Cedar Lake.

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Cecil B. DeMille

Hollywood producer/director Cecil B. DeMille used Big Bear Lake as a film set for many years.  He had a home on the lake, and was a familiar face in the Big Bear community. - Rick Keppler collection.

Hollywood producer/director Cecil B. DeMille used Big Bear Lake as a film set for many years. He had a home on the lake, and was a familiar face in the Big Bear community. – Rick Keppler collection.

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 the lake.  CLICK HERE to check out his story.

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NEW VIDEO SECTION

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 above menu bar, or click here!  Visit us often for more new videos!

Sawmill Cove today, with the historic Blanc mountain home. - © Rick Keppler Collection.

Sawmill Cove today, with the historic Blanc home. - © Rick Keppler Collection.

Sawmill Cove in the late 1800's, after the dam was built that drowned 9,000 trees. - Rick Keppler Collection.

Sawmill Cove as it was in the late 1800's. - Rick Keppler Collection.

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