Big Bear History Site

history and facts about Big Bear, California
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Welcome To The Big Bear History Site

If you are new to this website, a good place to start is with the menu at the top of this page which contains the following information:

BIG BEAR HISTORICAL ARTICLES – This collection of articles provides basic information about specific topics in Big Bear’s rich history.

BIG BEAR HISTORICAL TIMELINE – 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.

If you have visited us before,  use  the search box at the top right of this page to find specific information and old Big Bear photos.

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 website is constantly being updating on a daily/weekly basis.   The latest updates are in the Posts below.  Enjoy, and visit us often.

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Big Bear Village & the Marina

Kim Sweet and Rick Keppler present some history of the marina and village at Big Bear Lake, California. This presentation is illustrated with a collection of old historical photos showing the evolution of both the marina and the village area on the lake near the intersection of Big Bear Boulevard and Big Bear Boulevard. This interview was conducted by John Wells on the Friday “Good Day Big Bear” show on Channel-6. 

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Extreme Lake Levels at Big Bear Lake

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 discusses this with Kim Sweet and Rick Keppler in the following video.  Check it out.

Note:  This post contains material from the Channel-6′s The Big Bear History Show. The copyrighted information in this article have been presented here with permission from Rick Keppler and Bear Valley Broadcasting.

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Big Bear Bridge Demolition Update 3

The last sections of the old historic bridge across the Big Bear Lake dam are being removed.  The bridge was built back in 1924.

Removal of the old bridge across the Big Bear Lake Dam is nearly complete as of October 2, 2011. © Rick Keppler.

Removal of the old bridge across the Big Bear Lake Dam is nearly complete as of October 2, 2011. © Rick Keppler.

The last couple sections of railing, and what is left of the road that was built in 1924, look out across the dam at the South Shore road that it once connected to. © Rick Keppler.

The last couple sections of railing, and what is left of the road that was built in 1924, look out across the Big Bear Lake dam towards the South Shore road where it once connected. © Rick Keppler.

Note:  This post contains material from the Channel-6′s The Big Bear History Show. The copyrighted information in this article have been presented here with permission from Rick Keppler and Bear Valley Broadcasting.

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