Crestline Chronicles

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Situated in the beautiful San Bernardino Range, Crestline is the gateway community to the famous mountain resorts of Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake. Historically, the area was known for timber-cutting, hunting and fishing, fruit and nut harvesting and, later on, skiing and other winter sports. The first visitors to the area were Native Americans escaping the Mojave Desert summers; followed in the 1850s by Mormon lumberjacks who built San Bernardino Town at the base of the mountains; and then successors who ...
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Overview

Situated in the beautiful San Bernardino Range, Crestline is the gateway community to the famous mountain resorts of Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake. Historically, the area was known for timber-cutting, hunting and fishing, fruit and nut harvesting and, later on, skiing and other winter sports. The first visitors to the area were Native Americans escaping the Mojave Desert summers; followed in the 1850s by Mormon lumberjacks who built San Bernardino Town at the base of the mountains; and then successors who bought the sawmills and settled into mountain living. In these stories of Crestline’s formative times, historian Rhea-Frances Tetley recalls some of the more intrepid and colorful characters to have trekked through the western San Bernardinos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609495848
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Series: American Chronicles
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,457,125
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Rhea-Frances Tetley has been writing historical columns and articles about her home city of Crestline for many years. She has been past president and a board member of both the Crest Forest and Rim of the World Historical Societies.

Douglas W. Motley, the author's husband, is also senior writer for the Alpenhorn News.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Douglas W. Modey 7

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

I Coming to the Mountains

Waterman Canyon 13

II Loggers and Sawmills

David Seely Comes to California-Twice 17

First Water-Powered Sawmill in the Mountains 19

The Flooded Mill 21

David Seely, First Owner of Running Springs 93

The First Mountain Sawmills 24

Huston Flat 28

III Forest Vacationers and Homesteaders

Byron Waters 29

The Story of Skyland 33

Dr. Wesley Thompson 43

Celebrating One Hundred Years of Crestline 45

Horseshoe Bend 47

IV Beginning Crestline

Dart Canyon 53

The Misadventures of Samuel W. Dillin, Crestline's First Postmaster 55

Chronology of Crestline Post Offices 61

Crestline Post Office Moves and Enlarges as Crestline Grows 66

V Crestline Resorts and Developments

Valley of Enchantment 67

Valley of the Moon 70

Arrowhead Highlands 76

Crestline's Stone Pillar John Adams 84

VI Crestline: A Vacation Mecca Created By Visionary Twentieth-Century Pioneers

Arthur Gregory Who Changed the Face of Crestline 87

Camp Seeley Los Angeles Summer Camp 89

Rose Allen, Camp Seeley and Crestline Post Office Pioneer 94

Peter Cormack, Crestline's Justice of the Peace and More! 98

Baylis Oak Tree 105

VII Crestline Grows and Develops

Developer of Crestline Village and Skyland Charles S. Mann 108

Rim of the World Bowl: Crestline's Own Amphitheater 111

Snow Prompts Realignment of Rim Road 113

Crestline: Early 1930s 116

Paradise Gulch 118

VIII Lake Gregory Era

Building Lake Gregory 126

Club San Moritz: The First Twenty Years 133

Conclusion 141

About the Author 143

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