Before Our Time: Memories of Keen Camp and Tahquitz Lodge …

Our beloved Strawberry Valley hasn’t always been the main tourist attraction in the San Jacinto Mountains. Between 1915 and 1924, the Idyllwild Inn had...

Before our time: Lawler Lodge …

Lawler Lodge, on Highway 243 in Dark Canyon, is one of the more obscure landmarks in our mountains. Its namesake, however, was anything but...

Before Our Times: Horsepower …

“Getting there is half the fun.” With summer vacation season well behind us, it may be easier to assess the validity of that old...

Before Our Time: 1946: The beginning …

The time has come to speak of Ernest Maxwell. In my reading of Idyllwild’s history, he stands among three visionaries from successive generations, each...

Before Our Time: Sometimes history needs correcting …

Fifteen years ago this month, a group of local residents created the Idyllwild Area Historical Society, dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing evidence of...

Before Our Time: Resident-friendly development of Idyllwild …

As Idyllwild took shape and acquired its unique culture between 1920 and 1960, three developers played central roles. Two are well-known. Claudius Lee Emerson controlled...

Before Our Time: Drought is nothing new here …

“O, sunset land! O, sunset land! As on thy highest mount I stand, I look away across the plain, And wonder will it ever rain.” Thus did J.P....

Before Our Time: Sequoias, settle in here …

A grove of giant sequoias in the San Jacinto Mountains? Yes indeed! One sultry day this summer, I was hiking with friends up one of...

Before our time: Libraries in Idyllwild: past and present …

Like a growing number of Hill residents, I’ve been spending more time lately at our public library. Its move to Strawberry Plaza in 2012...

Before Our Time: Village center …

In a place that changes as slowly as Idyllwild, what’s new about a New Year? Seven years ago it was the imminent opening...
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