• Memorial Day ceremony set for Veterans Park in Big Bear Lake May 23, 2018
    Memorial Day is a federal holiday to remember the people who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces. On Monday, May 28, the Big Bear Valley Marine Corps League Detachment 1038 and The American Legion Post 584 hosts a…
  • Sonora Cantina hosts fundraiser for float May 23, 2018
    Big Bear has been accepted into the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade. To help fund the design and construction of the float, several fundraisers are being held throughout the year.
  • Healthy Start reorganizes May 23, 2018
    Things will be different for Bear Valley Unified School District’s Healthy Start program in the upcoming school year. And not everyone is happy about it.
  • Celebrate Big Bear life May 23, 2018
    The Big Bear Lake Elks Lodge hosts the inaugural Big Bear Reunion June 16 in Big Bear Lake.
  • Sheriff’s Log May 23, 2018
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  • Sediment project on Highway 18 May 23, 2018
    Caltrans has started a landscaping project along Big Bear Boulevard from the dam to Gildart Drive in Big Bear Lake. Motorists may expect delays because of one-way traffic control and occasional, short-term moving lane closures from 7 a.m. to 3:30…
  • Bear Valley Virtual Academy IRL May 23, 2018
    Gram Cernetiz, 13, taps his pencil on the desk as he watches a lesson over the internet. It’s the only movement he makes as he concentrates on the screen while attending Bear Valley Unified School District’s Virtual Academy May 12.
  • Just call him Mr. T May 23, 2018
    Matt Thompson’s enthusiasm for education can be heard in every word he speaks. His goal is to instill that same love for knowledge in the children he meets.

Big Bear Lake

Big Bear refers to the region of Big Bear Valley which includes Big Bear Lake, Big Bear City, Fawnskin, Sugarloaf, and other nearby towns. The lakes in the area include Baldwin Lake, Erwin Lake, and Lake Williams. The location of the area lead to popular past times like Big bear camping, skiing, fishing, and other outdoor activities.

The area got its name when discovered by then mayor of little Los Angeles, Benjamin Wilson. During a chase, he rode high into the Santa Ana Canyon of San Bernadino. There, Wilson and his team found a storylike village with abundant plants and wildlife–particularly grizzly bears. For this reason, the area came to be called Big Bear Valley.

While it is true that Big Bear was indeed full of large grizzlies in the past, they were eventually eradicated from the area by hunting. Now, black bears reside in the valley, but the last known grizzly was seen there in 1906.

This valley was originally inhabited by the Serrano Native American tribe. These peoples hunted local wildlife, but they held the grizzly bear in high esteem; so high, in fact that they did not eat the animal’s meat or wear its fur. These people were a peaceful and gentle tribe. There is a museum exhibit in Big Bear that displays some artifacts found in the area. They had settlements called Yucaipa and Cucamonga, which are recalled in towns near the area today.