Hollywood Discovers Big Bear

A Hollywood movie set at the old Pine Knot Lodge at Big Bear Lake in the 1920’s – Rick Keppler collection. In March of 1911, a film company from Hollywood, called the Essanay Company, arrived at the Pine Crest Resort near Lake Arrowhead. They unloaded their equipment,...

Cecil B. DeMille

Hollywood producer/director Cecil B. DeMille used Big Bear Lake as a film set for many years. He had a home on the lake, and was a familiar face in the Big Bear community. – Rick Keppler collection. Famous film director/producer Cecil B. DeMille was one of the first...

Cedar Lake, Film Set

The old Cedar Lake mill. – Rick Keppler collection A couple miles west of the Big Bear village, up in the hills off of USFS road 2N10, nestled in the woods, is a small manmade lake. This lake is the home of the Cedar Lake Christian Camp that provides lodging and...

The Story of Cedar Lake

A couple miles west of the Big Bear village, up in the hills off of USFS road 2N10, nestled in the woods, is a small manmade lake, which is the home of the Cedar Lake Christian Camp.  Today it  provides lodging and camping accommodations to private groups, and is also...

Cecil B. DeMille

Famous film director/producer Cecil B. DeMille  was one of the first Hollywood producers to use Big Bear as a location for a filming.  He not only filmed in Big Bear Lake, he built a home up here, and became  involved in real estate development on the south side of...

NEW VIDEO SECTION

We plan to add a lot more historical videos to this Big Bear History site.  So we’ve created a new “Historical Video” section on the menu bar above.  To get things started we posted a new video about the historic Mel Blanc home in Sawmill Cove.  Check it out in the...