Big Bear, California (Images of America Series)

Big Bear, California (Images of America Series)

by Stanley E. Bellamy, Russell L. Keller


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In 1845, Benjamin Davis Wilson—the future first mayor of Los Angeles and the grandfather of Gen. George S. Patton—led a 20-man posse into the San Bernardino Mountains in search of Native American raiding parties that had been attacking Riverside ranches. But what they found in a particular high-altitude valley were, instead, large and furry. Wilson's men soon roped 11 bears, bringing the creatures into camp, and the valley the Serrano Indians knew as Yuhaviat, or "Pine Place," received a new map designation. Wilson named a nearby body of water Big Bear Lake (now Baldwin Lake, with the present-day, man-made lake co-opting the bruin moniker). Today, at elevations between 6,000 and 9,000 feet, the city of Big Bear Lake is an hour and a half from Los Angeles and a million miles from the rat race, where hiking, sports, and the absence of exertion thrive in a vacation atmosphere.

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ISBN-13: 9780738531113
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 05/01/2006
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 312,214
Product dimensions: 6.56(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Coauthors Stanley E. Bellamy and Russell L. Keller pooled their knowledge and photographic collections with the assistance of Big Bear Historical Museum founder Tom Core to create this provocative look at the people, events, and developments that have brought the city world renown.

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