Before Our Time: The Chef in the Forest …

A Minnesota reader, fondly recalling childhood vacations here, recently sparked my curiosity about one of Idyllwild’s more outlandish characters. In January 1966, Warren Jacober...

Before Our Time: Idyllwild furniture …

Between 1925 and 1960, Idyllwild became widely known as a center for the manufacture of craftsman-style furniture. Hal Holcomb, “the Rustic Man,” started it...

Before Our Time: Photographers record history …

Fortunately for present and future Idyllwild residents, much of the Hill’s history is preserved in photographs. We’ve seen more than our share of outstanding...

Before Our Time: Pines to Palms before the highway …

As winter wears on, Hill residents occasionally escape the cold with a jaunt down California Scenic Highway 74 to the desert. Driving it today,...

Before Our Time: The endless discoveries of history …

Like peeling an onion, the work of reconstructing history seems never to end. New tidbits appear serendipitously and constantly. Let me close the year...

Before Our Time: Idyllwild’s early winters …

The only sustained effort to create a ski resort here in Strawberry Valley began immediately after World War II. In 1946, Jules Berkeley of...

Before Our Time: What we do …

I’m sometimes asked what we do at the Idyllwild Area Historical Society, so let me share an example. One of the minor charms of living...

Before Our Time: Sequoias, settle in here …

A grove of giant sequoias in the San Jacinto Mountains? Yes indeed! One sultry day this summer, I was hiking with friends up one of...

Before Our Time: Two early and longtime Idyllwild fore-fathers …

Frank Strong and George Dickinson get relatively little attention as pioneer developers in Strawberry Valley. Unlike George Hannahs, Walter Lindley or Claudius Lee Emerson, they...

Before Our Time: Idyllwild’s “Name game” …

An old tradition my forebears brought from Britain is the habit of bestowing names on their homes. It reached Idyllwild in the 1920s to...

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