Rim of The World Historical Society

Rim of The World Historical Society The Mountain History Museum is Open the Season Fridays Noon-4pm, Sat & Sun 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
- 501 (c)(3) Tax ID #33-0449486 The Mountain History Museum opened June 2010 in a restored county fire house in Lake Arrowhead.
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Under the direction of the Rim of the World Historical Society, the museum is open on weekends June through October annually. Serving multiple communities in the western San Bernardino Mountains, the exhibits and education programs keep alive the local history for residents and visitors to the scenic area.

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Sharing the history of our first mountain people. Visit the Mountain History Museum to view our new mountain timeline ex...
07/10/2021

Sharing the history of our first mountain people. Visit the Mountain History Museum to view our new mountain timeline exhibit.

The first Spanish explorers of the area identified our ancestors as the “Serrano” people, the Spanish term for “highlander.” Numerous terms have been used in many languages to describe our people. We use the word Maara’yam, the People of Maara’, to describe all peoples known today as Serrano.

The name Yuhaaviatam, or People of the Pines, refers to the Serrano clan of our progenitor, Santos Manuel. As a result of colonization, our Tribe is modernly known as the “San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.”

Read more about the Tribe’s name at sanmanuel-nsn.gov.

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Come by and see us at the museum this weekend, then return July 4th for Ice Cream and Good Company. As always, admission...
06/26/2021

Come by and see us at the museum this weekend, then return July 4th for Ice Cream and Good Company. As always, admission and Ice Cream are FREE!

Come by and see us at the museum this weekend, then return July 4th for Ice Cream and Good Company. As always, admission and Ice Cream are FREE!

Looking for something to do today? Stop by the Mountain History Museum. Hours: Fridays 12:00 - 4pm, Saturday/Sunday 10:3...
06/13/2021

Looking for something to do today? Stop by the Mountain History Museum. Hours: Fridays 12:00 - 4pm, Saturday/Sunday 10:30-4:30pm. 27176 Peninsula Drive, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352. Admission is Free, Donations Welcomed. Also check out our interesting new gifts store selections.

SAN MORITZ LODGE: Over the past nearly 100 years changes in names and location have brought the popular San Moritz Lodge...
06/10/2021

SAN MORITZ LODGE: Over the past nearly 100 years changes in names and location have brought the popular San Moritz Lodge to its present location on the eastern shore of Lake Gregory. In the early 1920’s the Arrowhead Valley Club was formed. The term “Club” usually refers to a membership-based corporation or company that entitles members to enjoy the use of a lodge and recreational facilities. After the creation of Valley of the Moon Lake in Crestline, a lodge was built for the Arrowhead Valley Club and by 1933 it had become the Valley of the Moon Lodge, after the new corporation. In 1939 new articles of incorporation were submitted to create Club San Moritz, with some notable figures as directors: Harry Walker, Arthur T. Gregory, Walter and Beulah Overall, John Franklin, DeForest Neice and John Nordsen. The photo above is of the Club Moritz Lodge at Valley of the Moon Lake as it appeared in the early 1940’s. In August 1950 a fire destroyed the Club Moritz Lodge at Valley of the Moon. In 1951 the new Club San Moritz Lodge was constructed for about $250,000, now located on the shore of Lake Gregory. Club San Moritz at this time had 5,000 members. During the early 1950’s Club San Moritz was managed by Glenn Holland who was also instrumental in the development of Santa’s Village. During the 1950’s and 1960’s several features were added to the area near the Club San Moritz Lodge including a 1/6th scale train, an ice-skating rink, a putting green and a driving range. In 1976 the name of the lodge was shortened to San Moritz Lodge although it was still membership-based. Limited memberships were $49 per year and full memberships ran $75 per year. There was discussion of providing recreational vehicle (RV) sites for members, but nothing ever came of that idea. The Lodge is still going strong as it nears its centennial and remains a popular venue for weddings, meetings and other events. By Bill Pumford, Image from ROWHS Collection.

The Mountain History Museum is open this weekend Fridays 12:00 - 4pm, Saturday/Sunday 10:30-4:30pm. 27176 Peninsula Drive, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352. Admission is FREE

SAN MORITZ LODGE: Over the past nearly 100 years changes in names and location have brought the popular San Moritz Lodge to its present location on the eastern shore of Lake Gregory. In the early 1920’s the Arrowhead Valley Club was formed. The term “Club” usually refers to a membership-based corporation or company that entitles members to enjoy the use of a lodge and recreational facilities. After the creation of Valley of the Moon Lake in Crestline, a lodge was built for the Arrowhead Valley Club and by 1933 it had become the Valley of the Moon Lodge, after the new corporation. In 1939 new articles of incorporation were submitted to create Club San Moritz, with some notable figures as directors: Harry Walker, Arthur T. Gregory, Walter and Beulah Overall, John Franklin, DeForest Neice and John Nordsen. The photo above is of the Club Moritz Lodge at Valley of the Moon Lake as it appeared in the early 1940’s. In August 1950 a fire destroyed the Club Moritz Lodge at Valley of the Moon. In 1951 the new Club San Moritz Lodge was constructed for about $250,000, now located on the shore of Lake Gregory. Club San Moritz at this time had 5,000 members. During the early 1950’s Club San Moritz was managed by Glenn Holland who was also instrumental in the development of Santa’s Village. During the 1950’s and 1960’s several features were added to the area near the Club San Moritz Lodge including a 1/6th scale train, an ice-skating rink, a putting green and a driving range. In 1976 the name of the lodge was shortened to San Moritz Lodge although it was still membership-based. Limited memberships were $49 per year and full memberships ran $75 per year. There was discussion of providing recreational vehicle (RV) sites for members, but nothing ever came of that idea. The Lodge is still going strong as it nears its centennial and remains a popular venue for weddings, meetings and other events. By Bill Pumford, Image from ROWHS Collection.

The Mountain History Museum is open this weekend Fridays 12:00 - 4pm, Saturday/Sunday 10:30-4:30pm. 27176 Peninsula Drive, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352. Admission is FREE

A small group of Rim of the World Historical Society members and volunteers had a wonderful historical tour to Camp Mozu...
06/06/2021

A small group of Rim of the World Historical Society members and volunteers had a wonderful historical tour to Camp Mozumdar in Cedar Pines Park yesterday. As Roadtrippers Magazine tells us: “In the 1920s, Mozumdar purchased 10 acres of land in the San Bernardino Mountains and began splitting his time between this location and a plush home in the Hollywood Hills. Mozumdar was seen as a guru of sorts and eventually built up a large following among wealthy Hollywood elites. He purchased an additional 90 acres of land and built the Pillars of God amphitheater, a stunning outdoor theater surrounded by giant stone pillars and an enormous cross. In the 1930s, San Diego architect William P. Lodge—who was a friend and devout follower of Mozumdar—started building the temple. Made completely out of poured concrete and stone, it was intended to be bomb proof. Mozumdar had envisioned a compound that would bring people together, but he died in 1953 before the temple was complete. The YMCA owned the property briefly before turning it over to the Unification Church in the mid-1970s.”

Consider joining the Historical Society today at https://mtnmuseum.org/ or come by our museum to enjoy our exhibits, we are open every Friday noon-4 and Saturday and Sunday 11-4.

After being closed last summer, the Mountain History Musuem is back! New displays are featured, as well as, an expanded ...
05/30/2021

After being closed last summer, the Mountain History Musuem is back! New displays are featured, as well as, an expanded exhibit area. There is something for every interest, all Rim mountain communities are represented. There is a comprehensive exhibit on mountain history from the formation of our mountains, through the founding of the national forest. A Black Annie train exhibit, a feature display about the Lake Arrowhead Tower, and our new General Store exhibit dedicated to the early self made men and women who risked it all to start a local business. As always, admission is free, but donations are welcome. We are open this weekend through Monday afternoon.
Special thanks to Rob Wilson, ROP Graphics Art, instructor at Rim High for our outstanding new information boards.

05/29/2021

Opening Weekend!
Stop by and visit us this Memorial Day Weekend - Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Open Saturday, Sunday & Monday
May 29-31, 2021 - 10:30 am to 4:30 pm
27176 Peninsula Drive
Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352

Come see our newly expanded space along with our fun and informative exhibits that represent the history of the Rim of the World communities.

ARROWBEAR LAKE: The community of Arrowbear Lake is located east of Running Springs, just off Highway 18. The town gets i...
05/13/2021

ARROWBEAR LAKE: The community of Arrowbear Lake is located east of Running Springs, just off Highway 18. The town gets its name from the fact that it lies halfway between Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake. By the early 1900’s Brookings Lumber Company’s practice of clear cutting resulted in there being little timber left to harvest across their vast acreage, and by 1913 the company pulled up stakes and relocated to Brookings, Oregon. In the 1920’s tourism and development was booming, boosted by the building of improved motorways such as City Creek Road. In 1923 D. Dade Davis, a recent college graduate, arranged financial backing and purchased more than half of Brookings’ holdings, over 5,000 acres – at $6 an acre. In 1924 part of this land, which was by then partially reforested with pines, was leased to a real estate developer named E. R. Capstaff, who in turn subleased the acreage to M. E. Carlock. Carlock started the Arrow-Bear Company with the help of Los Angeles-based backers who provided a $200,000 grubstake to build a small community of 50 cabins, a town hall and clubhouse, and various facilities. A contractor named Helmar “Swede” Nyquist was hired to build a dam across a fork of Deep Creek, creating Arrowbear Lake. The week’s image is a real photo postcard showing the lake and clubhouse around 1927. The new lake was stocked with trout, becoming an added selling feature to promote the cabins and lots. Lots typically sold for $50 to $250, and with some ambition and proficiency with tools a cabin could be built for well under $1000. Today Arrowbear Lake is a quiet enclave of around 700 people, who enjoy a relatively secluded environment, back up against national forest. For close to 80 years the Arrowbear Music Camp has nurtured young musicians, filling the valley with melody. There are fishing derbies and softball tournaments, along with plenty of the ambience we have long come to expect from our mountain nest. By Ken Brafman, Image from Ken Brafman Collection. To purchase a wide selection of book on local history, check out our new website: https://mtnmuseum.org.

ARROWBEAR LAKE: The community of Arrowbear Lake is located east of Running Springs, just off Highway 18. The town gets its name from the fact that it lies halfway between Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake. By the early 1900’s Brookings Lumber Company’s practice of clear cutting resulted in there being little timber left to harvest across their vast acreage, and by 1913 the company pulled up stakes and relocated to Brookings, Oregon. In the 1920’s tourism and development was booming, boosted by the building of improved motorways such as City Creek Road. In 1923 D. Dade Davis, a recent college graduate, arranged financial backing and purchased more than half of Brookings’ holdings, over 5,000 acres – at $6 an acre. In 1924 part of this land, which was by then partially reforested with pines, was leased to a real estate developer named E. R. Capstaff, who in turn subleased the acreage to M. E. Carlock. Carlock started the Arrow-Bear Company with the help of Los Angeles-based backers who provided a $200,000 grubstake to build a small community of 50 cabins, a town hall and clubhouse, and various facilities. A contractor named Helmar “Swede” Nyquist was hired to build a dam across a fork of Deep Creek, creating Arrowbear Lake. The week’s image is a real photo postcard showing the lake and clubhouse around 1927. The new lake was stocked with trout, becoming an added selling feature to promote the cabins and lots. Lots typically sold for $50 to $250, and with some ambition and proficiency with tools a cabin could be built for well under $1000. Today Arrowbear Lake is a quiet enclave of around 700 people, who enjoy a relatively secluded environment, back up against national forest. For close to 80 years the Arrowbear Music Camp has nurtured young musicians, filling the valley with melody. There are fishing derbies and softball tournaments, along with plenty of the ambience we have long come to expect from our mountain nest. By Ken Brafman, Image from Ken Brafman Collection. To purchase a wide selection of book on local history, check out our new website: https://mtnmuseum.org.

THE WAGON WHEEL CAFÉ: This week’s image is a photo from the 1940’s of the well-known Wagon Wheel cafe in Running Springs...
05/06/2021

THE WAGON WHEEL CAFÉ: This week’s image is a photo from the 1940’s of the well-known Wagon Wheel cafe in Running Springs. The café was originally built in 1934 and consisted of a large two-story building with one floor for dining while the other floor held the bar and lounge. The café was so named because of the large lumbering wheels that stood near the entrance, which had come from the Brown Brothers in Holcomb Valley. During the early 1930’s the café was operated by Chuck and Doris Osborn and was advertised as a stopping point halfway on your trip to Big Bear offering food, draught beer, and a soda fountain. In March of 1938 George Case acquired the café (you can see his name on the café sign in the photo). One note of interest was that in 1948 the Mile-Hi Softball League, which featured teams from the area such as Blue Jay, Year-Around Store, Green Valley, Cedarpines, and Wagon Wheel, had a game between the Wagon Wheel and Blue Jay where Walter Huston, the famous actor/director, actually pitched the entire game. Mr. and Mrs. Case sold the Wagon Wheel Café in late 1948 and retired to a ranch in Corona. George Case did not retire for long and came back up the mountain and operated the tavern in Arrowbear during the early 1950’s. The new co-owners of the Wagon Wheel, Bud Kissee and Bill Baker, increased the size of the bar in 1951 to 42 feet and expanded the lounge. Bud and Bill offered everything you could want including dining, dancing, and a full cocktail bar. On Friday and Saturday nights guests were entertained by an orchestra. During the 1960’s the café exchanged owners several more times but never lost its reputation as a fine dining and entertainment experience. By Bill Pumford, Image from the Russ Keller Collection. To purchase a wide selection of book on local history, check out our new website: https://mtnmuseum.org.

THE WAGON WHEEL CAFÉ: This week’s image is a photo from the 1940’s of the well-known Wagon Wheel cafe in Running Springs. The café was originally built in 1934 and consisted of a large two-story building with one floor for dining while the other floor held the bar and lounge. The café was so named because of the large lumbering wheels that stood near the entrance, which had come from the Brown Brothers in Holcomb Valley. During the early 1930’s the café was operated by Chuck and Doris Osborn and was advertised as a stopping point halfway on your trip to Big Bear offering food, draught beer, and a soda fountain. In March of 1938 George Case acquired the café (you can see his name on the café sign in the photo). One note of interest was that in 1948 the Mile-Hi Softball League, which featured teams from the area such as Blue Jay, Year-Around Store, Green Valley, Cedarpines, and Wagon Wheel, had a game between the Wagon Wheel and Blue Jay where Walter Huston, the famous actor/director, actually pitched the entire game. Mr. and Mrs. Case sold the Wagon Wheel Café in late 1948 and retired to a ranch in Corona. George Case did not retire for long and came back up the mountain and operated the tavern in Arrowbear during the early 1950’s. The new co-owners of the Wagon Wheel, Bud Kissee and Bill Baker, increased the size of the bar in 1951 to 42 feet and expanded the lounge. Bud and Bill offered everything you could want including dining, dancing, and a full cocktail bar. On Friday and Saturday nights guests were entertained by an orchestra. During the 1960’s the café exchanged owners several more times but never lost its reputation as a fine dining and entertainment experience. By Bill Pumford, Image from the Russ Keller Collection. To purchase a wide selection of book on local history, check out our new website: https://mtnmuseum.org.

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Lake Arrowhead, CA
92352

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Friday 12:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:30 - 16:30
Sunday 10:30 - 16:30

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I heard that Movie Point and the sets that were built at that location. Was built by Tom Hamilton (aka Hamiltair) for his daughter who was interested in filming. I understand she made a movie and was named Movie Point. Is that true?
Video: History and architecture in Lake Arrowhead
This group might be interested in some viewmaster slides that I recently found at a garage sale. I digitized them into a little video to show the San Bernardino Mountains in 1957.
I thought I would share this converted 16mm movie taken by my grandfather at his house at Lake Arrowhead. The young man driving the boat is my father. My best guess is that this was taken about 1941.
Bob Compere posted: How many people can fit in a Chris Craft? At least this many! My Dad (far left) getting ready to take a few friends on a cruise on Lake Arrowhead. Picture taken somewhere between 1942 and 1945 ...
Escape Lake Gregory has officially opened its newest room! The new room is called Lost Lake Gold and it is based on the history of Lake Gregory when it was first constructed.
I would love for my local friend to join me at this event.
Hello! If I'm trying to d various old houses located in/around Lake Arrowhead, would your historical society have information on those? E.g. this is the Dr. Carlyle Ahrens cabin in Lake Arrowhead
Well, I just finished retyping and editing for publication an 80-page document originally written almost forty years ago by mountain historian, Pauliena LaFuze, entitled "The Worthwhile Club in a Nutshell." This was club in Twin Peaks. This document really tells you about the Twin Peaks (and Arrowhead, etc.) early life. I had promised Pauliena 13 years ago that I would retype this into a publishable form. Sorry I took so long doing this, Pauliena. Hopefully, we can get a few copies of this made in time to have available for sale at our museum this year. After you read this, you almost fell you knew all these people and vicariously relive their lives with them over the time period from 1932 to 1980.
Join us June 17-18, 9:00am-3:00pm for an amazing sale at a historic property in Big Bear. The house is also for sale. Come shop for top of the line home furniture, decor and more!