In 1966, the Idyllwild Post Office was located where Fratello’s restaurant is today.File photo
In 1966, the Idyllwild Post Office was located where Fratello’s restaurant is today. File photo

65 years ago - 1951

Idyllwild Inn opened the Pine Terrace for outdoor dining.

60 years ago - 1956

More than 100 townsfolk gathered at Town Hall to enjoy a potluck supper in the newly completed basement, constructed by volunteers.

55 years ago - 1961

Flush toilets were installed at Hurkey Creek campground.


50 years ago - 1966

After a presentation by the Pine Cove Property Owners Association, county supervisors ordered the county’s administrative officer to seek federal and state funds to help provide fire protection for the Pine Cove area.

45 years ago - 1971

After 3 inches of snow fell in town over Memorial Day weekend, everyone was wondering when spring would truly arrive.

40 years ago - 1976

All of the students at Idyllwild School enjoyed a playday at County Park. The playday was an annual  tradition at the end of the term.

35 years ago - 1981

Idyllwild Library staff were trained on a computerized microfiche system that would soon replace the card catalogue.

30 years ago - 1986

To preview its two-day “Idyllwild is A Magical Place” celebration, planned for Father’s Day weekend, the Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce offered hot-air balloon rides from the center of town.

25 years ago - 1991

Fern Valley residents Dot Lewis and Win Wood hosted a gathering of about 50 women who had served as Women Airforce Service Pilots during WW II. The two were authors of “We Were WASPs,” published in 1945.

20 years ago - 1996

Final preparations were being made for the seventh-annual Timber Festival, a two-day event. Among the contestants were Dora Dillman and Bob Baker, winners of the previous year’s overall men’s and women’s competitions.


15  years ago - 2001

Among the 66 Idyllwild Arts graduates were 12 Idyllwild residents, including Salutatorian Molly Greenwood and Valedictorian Matt Gray. It was the first time in the Academy’s 15-year history that local residents captured both top honors.

10 years ago - 2006

The Idyllwild 5K and 10K Run/Walk produced a strong showing for local runners. Idyllwild residents took first place in the Women’s 10K and the Men’s and Women’s 5K runs.

5 years ago - 2011

At Friday’s Hemet High School (HHS) 2011 graduation, Idyllwild resident Logan Schelly was to make the valedictorian speech.

1 year ago - 2015

Ambulance and emergency medical service rates were to increase in the Idyllwild Fire Protection District beginning July 1. IFPD commissioners unanimously approved a nearly 25-percent increase in the cost of an ambulance transport. Also, the per-mile cost would increase 18 percent.