630 Bartlett Road
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
TEL: 1-800-4 BIG BEAR
FAX: (909) 866-5671 email us
Bear Valley was first occupied by the Serrano Indians approximately
3,000 years ago. In 1845, while in pursuit of Indians, Benjamin
D. Wilson discovered and named Bear Valley because "the place was
alive with bears!" In 1860 William Holcomb was hunting bear and
discovered gold instead! What followed was Southern California's
largest gold rush.
Bear's first dam, completed in 1884, was soon followed by the Valley's
first hotel in 1888. In 1949 the first ski resort opened and Big
Bear Lake soon became Southern California's favorite mountain getaway.
also has a history in Big Bear. Since the filming of "The Call of
the North" in 1914, so many motion pictures
have been shot in Big Bear Valley that it has been
called "Hollywood's back lot."
Your Wagon," "The Parent Trap," "Bonanza,"
"Kissin' Cousins," "Yukon Gold" and "Dr. Dolittle" are just
a few of the memorable films that have been shot on
location in Big Bear Valley.
more information on the history of Big Bear, contact
the Big Bear Valley Historical Society
at (909) 585-8100,
or for information on filming in Big Bear, call the
Big Bear Lake Film office at (909) 878-3040.