In the 1970’s, actor/entertainer Andy Griffith made a few movies that were filmed almost exclusively at various locations throughout Big Bear Lake. These movies provide us with a visual record showing how Big Bear Lake has changed over the last forty years. One of the locations Andy used was a popular local restaurant that was once owned by another popular film star Andy Devine, who back in the 1940’s & 1950’s, also made TV shows and movies in Big Bear Lake. We also tell of Andy Devine’s important contributions to our Big Bear Lake history.

The images for this video were provided by the recently published “Vanishing Big Bear-2”, and from the historical collections of Rick Keppler, and Mark Durban. “Vanishing Big Bear-2” is a hardbound 8.5” x 11” book. It is available online at and at also at the following retail locations around the Big Bear valley: Butchers Block, Interiors Home Furnishings, Haus & Home Furnishings, Bear Skins, United Wood Craftsmen, Big Bear Discovery Center, Old Country Store, Big Bear Sporting Goods, and the Big Bear Lake Visitors Center.