– ARTICLES –
This collection of articles provides basic information about specific topics in Big Bear’s rich history.
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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”.
– 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.
This is the story about the Peter Pan Woodland Club resort at Big Bear Lake. For many years it was Big Bear’s most exclusive resort. It also created Big Bear City. The historical images in this video were provided by the latest edition of “Vanishing Big Bear-2”, and...read more
Here are a few historical images, and a little bit of history about Fawnskin at Big Bear Lake. The historical images for this video were provided by the recently published “Vanishing Big Bear-2” and from the Rick Keppler and Mark Durban historical collections....read more
The Hollywood Film industry and Big Bear Lake have a long history that began in 1911, and continues to this day. Back in 1962, Elvis Presley was in Big Bear Lake making a movie called “Kissin’ Cousins”. In this video, Noel Blanc and Kim Sweet help us tell the story...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more