I LOVE discovering the history about an area...and Lake Arrowhead has plenty. The first bit of history is its name: Originally Lake Arrowhead was called "Little Bear Valley." Why valley was tagged on, I have no idea. On the following links, you'll learn about the first white man to the area, to the story about the new Lake Arrowhead Village and what happened to the OLD one.
Here are some key points about OUR history here in Lake Arrowhead, CA (obtained from the Chamber of Commerce and Rim of The World Historical Society). Enjoy!
- Before the first white man, there were Paiute Indians who used the mountain as hunting grounds.
- First road up the mountain was built in 1852 (can you imagine that feat?)
- 1860: the logging industry
- 1891: Businessmen chose Little Bear Valley as a spot for a reservoir
- 1912, the Dam was 80% completed
- World War II, Lake Arrowhead Village was a popular place for R & R for servicemen
- 1946: Santa Anita Race Track bought the lake and surrounding properties, known as Arrowhead Woods.
- 1960: Businessmen from LA built our 18-hole golf course
- 1979, the Village WAS burned down (learn why from the link below)
And out find much, much more at:
Lake Arrowhead History/Chamber of Commerce
RIM OF THE WORLD HISTORICAL SOCIETY