Before our Time: Nostalgic for snow storms?

When snow is as scarce as it’s been for the past 20 months, long-time Hill residents begin to pine for those old-time storms, “when...

Before Out Time: Churches eventually become part of Idyllwild …

Amid a profusion of religious ceremony during the Christmas season, it may come as a surprise that throughout its first half-century, Idyllwild had not...

Before our Time: Sawmills were common in the forest …

Between 1875 and 1900 loggers and sawmills were the dominant human activity in the San Jacinto Mountains. They appeared first on Indian Creek in...

Before Our Time: Before the Creekstone Inn? Food …

The Creekstone Inn has dominated the four-way stop called Fern Valley Corners since 1947; but its current identity, as Chris Singer’s elegant, 20-year-old tourist...

Before Our Time: Saunders Meadow was more than a road ...

  Saunders Meadow has supported educational programs for the past 70 years, but its varied history reaches back far earlier than the 1940s. Thanks in...

Before Our Time: Desert Sun School

For nearly a century teaching and learning have been major activities in and around Idyllwild. Among the schools and camps responsible, one of the...

Before Our Time: Drought is nothing new here …

“O, sunset land! O, sunset land! As on thy highest mount I stand, I look away across the plain, And wonder will it ever rain.” Thus did J.P....

Before our Time: Electricity on the Hill — fragile …

The recent power outages due to high winds or scheduled maintenance should remind us, even today, not to take the centralized electrical grid for...

Before Our Time: The post office, a multi-tasking service …

The post office has long been a favorite spot for locals to see friends, spread information and gossip, and hold impromptu conferences. A 1922 photo...

Before our time: Libraries in Idyllwild: past and present …

Like a growing number of Hill residents, I’ve been spending more time lately at our public library. Its move to Strawberry Plaza in 2012...

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