The Forgotten Dam At Big Bear Lake

Between the time that the Rock Dam at Big Bear Lake was built in 1884, and today’s multi-arch dam was built in 1912, there was a failed attempt to build a larger dam that would have replaced the Rock Dam. It turns out that some of that old dam still exists today. This...

Three Village Theaters at Big Bear Lake

A historical look at the Southeast side of today’s Village Drive at Big Bear Lake, and of the three movie theaters that once operated there. The Historical images were provided by the recently published “Vanishing Big Bear-2” and from the Rick Keppler and Mark Durban...

The Pan Hot Springs Inn at Big Bear Lake

This short video tells about Big Bear City’s first resort, the Pan Hot Springs Inn. The Historical images were provided by the recently published “Vanishing Big Bear-2” and the Rick Keppler historical collection. This hardbound 8.5” x 11” book is available at Big Bear...

Fluctuating Lake Levels & Sawmill Cove

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...

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...