Crews were on schedule to complete the Strawberry Creek Bridge replacement for Highway 243 on Sept. 9, 1992. File photo

60 years ago - 1952
Capt. Carmen Durrance, international president of NIP, was on the Hill. NIP stands for Not Important People. The organization was founded on April Fool’s Day.


55 years ago - 1957
Work started on Bluebird Hill Lodge, which was planned to be Idyllwild’s most elaborate motel. A children’s playground, a coffee shop and glassed-in brunch rooms were promised. Dr. Trestin Harris was the owner.

50 years ago - 1962
Fish and Game Department surveyors found a large lamb crop among the bighorn sheep in the Santa Rosa Mountains. The ratio was 42 lambs observed per 100 ewes.

45 years ago - 1967
Mickey Regal and Lora Steere, with others, climbed to Tahquitz Peak. At one point, Mickey’s legs went mushy. But some passersby reassured her: “If you fall, you know you’ll be killed, so there’s nothing to worry about.”

40 years ago - 1972
A fire of incendiary origin burned 200 acres in May Valley, 2 airline miles south of Idyllwild.
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As Idyllwild had earlier, Pine Cove placed limitations on the use of water during the shortage.

30 years ago - 1982
More than 100 people participated in a Renaissance pageant at USC-Idyllwild.

20 years ago - 1992
The Idyllwild Clinic celebrated its first year on the Hill.

15 years ago - 1997
The Historic Idyllwild house was finally removed from the property of Idyllwild School. It had been named Zo House after the previous owner, Mary Zo Judson.

5 years ago - 2007
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed a state of emergency. Schwarzenegger highlighted the drought damage to the water supply for people, as well as $4 million in crop losses.

1 year ago - 2011
Lanny and Lorraine Hardy were the new owners of the iconic Creek House restaurant at Fern Valley Corners.