MILEPOST #1100

By Ken Brafman, Image from ROWHS Collection TITLE: B-26 BOMBER CRASHES INTO KELLER PEAK: In the beginning month of World II an event took place on December 30, 1941, that brought the war close to home in the mountain communities. A USAAF Martin B-26 Marauder bomber #40-1475 crashed into cloud enshrouded Keller Peak, killing its …

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MILEPOST #1099

By Bill Pumford, Image from Russ Keller Collection TITLE: CRESTLINE TRIBUTE TO THE PILOT ROCK FIREFIGHTERS: This week’s image shows a life-sized statue of a firefighter placed in front of the previous Crestline Chamber office on Lake Drive. In 1964 the citizens of Crestline initiated an effort to honor the inmate crewmen at Pilot Rock …

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MILEPOST #1098

By Ken Brafman, Image from National Register of Historic Places TITLE: SHADY POINT, A HISTORIC PLACE: The Rim of the World Historical Society hosts a popular outing called the Celebrity and History Cruise. After a champagne reception on the dock the Arrowhead Queen disembarks and a couple docents from the Society, along with the captain, …

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MILEPOSTS #1097

By Ken Brafman, Image from ROWHS Collection TITLE: BERT SWITZER, FOREST RANGER: Passage of the Federal Forest Reserve Act of 1891 gave the President authority to set aside timberlands from the public domain. Early pioneer rangers had a challenging job. The work was arduous. They patrolled many miles of rough mountain country. They chased sheep …

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MILEPOSTS #1096

By Bill Pumford, Image from the Russ Keller Collection TITLE: SQUIRREL INN – THE STORY CONTINUES: As the 1900s began, construction of cabins at the Squirrel Inn continued unabated from the previous century. Much of the construction, renovations, and repairs of the structures was done by the Dexter brothers: George, John, and Greg. This week’s …

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MILEPOSTS #1095

By Bill Pumford, Image from ROWHS Collection TITLE: SQUIRREL INN – BEGINNINGS: One of the earliest and perhaps most mysterious of the resorts in the western San Bernardino Mountains would have to be the Squirrel Inn located on Highway 189 on the western edge of Twin Peaks. In the early 1890s a group of men …

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MILEPOSTS #1094

By Ken Brafman, Image from ROWHS Collection TITLE: THE WAGON WHEEL IN RUNNING SPRINGS: Bill and Juanita Baker moved to the mountains in 1949 and purchased the Wagon Wheel Café and Bar. One of the things that made this establishment recognizable was the huge wagon wheel that was located in the front of the building. …

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MILEPOSTS #1093

By Bill Pumford, Image from ROWHS Collection TITLE: CREATION OF LAKE GREGORY: In the early 1930s, despite the nationwide depression, civic leaders in Crestline were anxious to find new and creative ways to increase tourism for the area. In the early 1900s a dam and lake were proposed for the Huston Flats area that included …

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MILEPOSTS #1092

By Ken Brafman, Image from ROWHS Collection TITLE: FRANK A. TETLEY, RENAISSANCE MAN: One of the many so-called self-made men who played an important role in the early years of mountain development was Frank A. Tetley. His family immigrated to America from England in 1868, when he was two, and settled in Massachusetts. He left …

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