Dan Gallagher shoveled to clear the drive in front of Osuna’s Chevron station as the cloud level lifted above Lily Rock in November 1973.             File Photo/Norwood Hazard
Dan Gallagher shoveled to clear the drive in front of Osuna’s Chevron station as the cloud level lifted above Lily Rock in November 1973. File Photo/Norwood Hazard

 

65 years ago - 1949

Pete Hibbert passed away. He had been the lookout atop Tahquitz Peak for many years.

 

60 years ago - 1954

The American Legion Post 800 held a turkey shoot at the Idyllwild Rifle and Pistol Club near Mountain Center.

 

55 years ago - 1959

Golfers were testing the Hill’s new golf course located in Dutch Flat, site of a pioneer sawmill operation.

 

50 years ago - 1964

The first teen dance of the season at Town Hall was declared a success with 140 teenagers dancing to live music by Ric and the Renegades.

 

45 years ago - 1969

Despite opposition by the County Planning Department, the Local Agency Formation Commission approved annexation of 2,200 acres in Garner Valley to the Lake Hemet Municipal District.

 

40 years ago - 1974

The Forest Service traffic count over the Thanksgiving holiday revealed that 9,156 cars, carrying an estimated 20,143 people, visited the Hill between 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

 

30 years ago - 1984

Caltrans announced plans to replace the Strawberry Creek bridge on Highway 243 in Idyllwild and to straighten out the double-S curve near Mountain Center.

 

20 years ago - 1994

A winter storm provided 2 inches of snow to add ambience to the annual Christmas Tree Lighting.

 

10 years ago - 2004

An agreement was made between the Hemet Unified School District and Idyllwild Arts. In exchange for IA providing two-week summer session scholarships for five HUSD students, HUSD would leave five of its school buses at IA during summer sessions to be used for emergency transportation of students in the event of an evacuation.

 

5 years ago - 2009

While officially still fall, snow visited Idyllwild Saturday and Sunday. More than 5 inches fell in the village center, according to the Idyllwild Fire Department. More fell in Pine Cove.

 

1 year ago - 2013

Break-ins throughout Idyllwild continued to grow. Capt. Scot Collins of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Hemet station confirmed the recent spate of burglaries.

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