Ernie Maxwell (left) was part of those who founded the first conservation group at ISOMATA (now Idyllwild Arts) in 1952. File photo
Ernie Maxwell (left) was part of those who founded the first conservation group at ISOMATA (now Idyllwild Arts) in 1952.
File photo

65 years ago - 1951

At a joint Chamber and Lions Club committee meeting, members announced plans for a community recreation program the Lions would fund. Plans included hiring a paid recreation director and installing  playground equipment.

60 years ago - 1956

A grand opening celebration was held for the new Richfield service station in Pine Cove. Everyone getting a gasoline fill-up got a free, 5-pound bag of sugar.

55 years ago - 1961

A refreshing new spot was welcomed on the parched Hill — water was circulating in the new fountain installed at Eleanor Park.


50 years ago - 1966

In her Town Crier column, “Flora, folks & fauna,” writer Dorothy Bryant let out the locals’ secret that the Idyllwild dump was “the place to see deer, as well as other interesting forms of animal life.”

40 years ago - 1976

The U.S. Forest Service issued a press release saying, “Visitors and residents … may note wild burros with  brightly colored posteriors running around …” Agency personnel were shooting the burros with otherwise harmless capsules that contained colored dye in order to better study the animals.

35 years ago - 1981

Village Market was advertising avocados at 25 cents each, cabbage for 12 cents a pound, beef liver for 89 cents per pound and Totino’s extra large combination pizzas for $1.79 each.

30 years ago - 1986

It took a flip of the coin at a public-information meeting to decide which   Ponderosa Drive in Pine Cove would undergo a street name change to clear up confusion caused by the duplication of street names. The flip came up in favor of residents living on Ponderosa Drive between what was then Gail (now Lake View) and Walter drives. The other, off of Coulter Drive, was renamed Cascade Drive.

20 years ago - 1996

A Bee Canyon Fire commemorative pin was developed by Idyllwild residents Jo-Carroll Dennison and Janice Fast. They were given to all public safety officials and volunteers involved in fighting the fire and to people who donated $25 to the pin project.

15  years ago - 2001

Huell Howser, host of KPBS TV’s “California’s Gold,” was vacationing in Idyllwild.

10 years ago - 2006

Idyllwild resident Casey Abrams, a finalist on American Idol that year, was a member of the cast of the Isis Theatre Company’s reading of Ernest Thompson’s “On Golden Pond.”

5 years ago - 2011

More than 80 people filled the meeting room at Caine Learning Center on Wednesday, July 27, to hear Bill Brown, Riverside County’s County Service Area operations manager, explain why the county recently decided to cancel its recreation contract with the Idyllwild Community Recreation Council.

1 year ago - 2015

On the way to provide assistance fighting the Rocky Fire in Northern California, the Idyllwild Fire Department’s brush truck 621 had “catastrophic engine failure,” said Idyllwild Fire Chief Patrick Reitz.