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bills grandson
Sat Jul 23 2016, 11:15PM

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The one road I'm glad we never got was Oscar De La Hoya . I never heard of anyone wanting to name a road after themselves. I think he did name his driveway after himself. I think he kind of got himself ran out of town over that.
I always wondered how Cherry lane got it's name?

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Shay Road, named after Ephraim Shay invented the gear-driven locomotive that could haul immense loads on steep grades, around sharp curves, and over poor track. the type of locomotive used in the logging industry.
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is that they shay it was named after? I never heard that. I thought it was a local cattle guy?

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We had some cabins along shay road when I was a kid, I always figured it was named for the same Shay's that had inhabited the old Shay's ranch house, the one used in many movies & tv shows.


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probably so but where did he come from? The othe'r day there was a conversation and there are two Baldwins and they weren't sure which Baldwin lake was named for

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Conklin, Van Dusen, Cushenbury, Booth, Maltby, Rathburn, Bartlett, Gilner, Talbot,
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Gus Knight Jr

The Bear Valley Hotel

Big Bear's first hotel was built in 1888 by 21 year- old, Gus Knight Jr. who realized that the new lake would bring tourists to the area. Knight, along with partner John Metcalf, purchased 80 acres south of the lake and in June opened the 30 guest, Bear Valley Hotel. Unfortunately the hotel was destroyed by fire in 1900. Automobiles started making the trip to Bear Valley as early as 1909, Charles Henry (the brother-in-law of Gus Knight) rebuilt the Bear Valley Hotel and in 1906 a group of wealthy investors from Redlands, purchased the hotel along with the surrounding 112 acres and changed the name to the Pine Knot Lodge. The Pine Knot Lodge was considered luxurious mountain living and was host to many movie companies while they were working in the area. The lodge closed in 1928.


Knights Camp

After his Bear Valley Hotel burned in 1900, Gus Knight filed for bankruptcy. In 1906 he inherited 40 acres east of Pine Knot and built Knights Camp which he opened in 1915. Located on the south shore of the Lake , the resort featured separate cabins, central dining hall, dance hall, store, and a fleet of motor and row boats.

By May of 1892, the Bear Valley Wagon Road was opened from Hunsaker Flat (Running Springs) to Fawnskin (via Green Valley), and in 1899 Gus Knight and Hiram Clark (Clark Grade Road) built the Bear Valley and Redlands Toll Road via the Santa Ana Canyon past Bluff Lake.


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Guy Maltby

In 1930, Guy Maltby, owner of the Bear Valley Milling And Lumber Company designed and built the huge four-storey clubhouse surrounded by a a golf course, beautiful landscaping, tennis courts, swimming pool, and gymnasium. The symbol of the club was a beautiful statue of Peter Pan sitting on a huge mushroom in the garden. The Peter Pan Woodland Clubhouse was a showplace and host to many gala parties, and was the center of social life in Big Bear City .

Also a style of house in the valley.

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Jed Van Dusen

One of the first routes into Bear Valley was a difficult trek via the Santa Ana Canyon . In June 1861 Jed Van Dusen opened a wagon trail down the back side through Hesperia and the Cajon Pass to San Bernardino.

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Barton Ln.

Dr Benjamin Barton a state assemblyman and pioneering physician was influential in bringing Fred Perris, the assistant state engineer to Bear Valley to consider the site as a possible reservoir.

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