60 years ago - 1952
Ralph Acardi and “Bugs” Stephenson were spending their days and nights out on Cactus Springs Trail remodeling the ancient Indian route.

55 years ago - 1957
The Rustic Theatre was showing “Bundle of Joy,” starring Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher. Expectant mothers were admitted free.

50 years ago - 1962
Foster Lake opened for trout fishing.

45 years ago - 1967
Fire commissioners voted to purchase a portion of the Idyllwild Inn property as a site for the new fire station.
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The Chef in the Forest advertised: “Hippies Welcome. Bring Money.”

40 years ago - 1972
Jessica Hamilton just couldn’t wait. She was delivered in the fire department ambulance near Keenwild while mother Penny was en route to the hospital.

35 years ago - 1977
The local Lions Club chapter celebrated its 30th anniversary and prepared to begin its fourth decade.

30 years ago - 1982
A series of prescribed burns had been held by fire officials of the California Department of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service.

25 years ago - 1987
The San Jacinto Mountain Area Water Study Agency adopted the final environmental impact report for the proposed sewer treatment plant. The Idyllwild Arts Foundation said the decision had put it in “litigation posture.”

5 years ago - 2007
Idyllwild Middle School students Hannah Luna and Gina Drell came home with awards from competing in the Southern California Science Olympiad, winning in the “Write it, Do It” Category.

1 year ago - 2011
Idyllwild local Brendan Steele established himself as a major contender in his rookie season on the PGA Tour by winning his first major tournament, the 2011 Valero Texas Open. Steele earned $1,116,000 with his win.

In this 2007 photo, a long standing tradition of coloring eggs for Easter continues as part of the Idyllwild recreation program in preparation for the Idyllwild Help Center’s Easter Egg Hunt. Pictured with smiling young charges are Cheryl Vladika (left) and Kathy Lewis (background right). File photo