MILEPOSTS #1077

By Bill Pumford, Image from ROWHS Collection TITLE: VALLEY OF ENCHANTMENT – A MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY: The well-known community of Valley of Enchantment (popularly known as VOE) is located roughly between Crestline and Cedarpines Park. The land now occupied by VOE was once owned by Byron Waters who was a homesteader in the area. Waters, as …

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MILEPOSTS #1076

By Bill Pumford, Image from Russ Keller Collection TITLE: CAMP ANGELUS: This week’s image is of a postcard showing the Lodge at Camp Angelus. The postcard was mailed in 1943 and if you look closely, you can see the black “X” on the cabin where the postcard writing visitor stayed. These days Camp Angelus is …

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MILEPOSTS #1075

By Ken Brafman, Images from ROWHS Collection TITLE: QUESTIONS, WE GET QUESTIONS: The Mountain History Museum in Lake Arrowhead is open seasonally and offers a vast collection of mountain history exhibits in an informal, fun setting. There’s a mountain general store and post office replica, and a timeline that shows the formation of the mountain …

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MILEPOSTS #1074

By Ken Brafman, Image from ROWHS Collection TITLE: CRESTLINE’S UNLIKELY FIRST POSTMASTER: The stern-looking gentleman, this week’s image, is former Keystone Cops scriptwriter Samuel W. Dillin. He had heard about John Baylis’ Pinecrest resort, about the Rim of the World Drive, and all the other wonders and potential of the mountains, so when he was …

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MILEPOSTS #1073

TITLE: THE PENNY PINES PROGRAM IN OUR NATIONAL FOREST: The Penny Pines Program was initiated in 1941 in California as a way to replenish the forest by planting seedlings that were paid for by civic organizations. The program was called Penny Pines because in 1941 a seedling cost one penny, and although there are other …

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MILEPOSTS #1072

By Ken Brafman, Image from Wikimedia Commons TITLE: PISGAH HOME: UTOPIAN EXPERIMENT: Finis Ewing Yoakum was born in 1851 in Texas. He attended Trinity University and started practicing medicine in 1872, and later attended Hospital College of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky, graduating in 1885. In addition to being a physician in the western states he …

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MILEPOSTS #1071

By Bill Pumford, Image from Russ Keller Collection TITLE: HIRAM CLARK’S RANCH: In 1851 Elder Hiram Clark Sr. came to the San Bernardino area along with many other Mormons at the request of Brigham Young to settle the San Bernardino Valley. His son, Hiram Clark Jr., developed Clark’s Ranch during the latter part of the …

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MILEPOSTS #1070

By Ken Brafman, Image from ROWHS Collection TITLE: AUTOMOBILE TRAVEL COMES TO THE MOUNTAINS: The Mormons built the first road in the San Bernardino Mountains to haul lumber to build their settlement in the valley. Before long the steep road was used by adventurous souls who wanted to camp and visit the forest. Roads that …

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MILEPOSTS #1069

By Bill Pumford, Image from Brad Burns Collection TITLE: COXEY RANGER AND GUARD STATION: The Forest Reserve Act was passed in 1891 which was the first step in the creation of our national forests. The San Bernardino National Forest was established in 1907 and one of the earliest ranger stations was the Coxey Ranger Station …

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MILEPOSTS #1068

By Ken Brafman, Image from ROWHS Collection TITLE: Exclusive Origins of the Squirrel Inn: Following the success of the Big Bear Dam project in the 1880s new water projects were explored in the western San Bernardino Mountains. Around 1890 the Arrowhead Reservoir Company was formed and one of its first actions was to build the …

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