Big Bear Historical Facts

Here in Big Bear Lake California, we feel like we are on the frontier. We’re a small resort community at the top of the San Bernardino Mountains. We have eight stop lights in the entire valley, which is about a twenty minute drive. Here are some of our historic pictures-

Big Bear History

The old Dam and the Dam Keeper's House in the background.

Big Bear History 2

Winter sports have always been popular in Big Bear. This dog sled team is out on Baldwin Lake.

Big Bear History 3

Clarkes Grade, the first road into Big Bear crested Bear Mountain and came into the Valley through Millcreek Road. It was composed of a series of challenging hairpin turns.

Big Bear History 4

Baldwin Lake was known as a duck hunter's paradise in the 1940's.

Big Bear History 5

In 1934, Big Bear High School was in the top of Beard's Department Store.

Big Bear History 6
Knight's Camp was one of the first lodges in Big Bear. This pictures of their "modern cabins" was taken in 1924.

Big Bear History 7

Beard's Department Store- Big Bear Lake's first department store, with the high school upstairs. Later converted to McNeal's Trading Post.

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