Before our time: From Fern Valley Gardens to The Epicurian and...

One aspect of Idyllwild that helps maintain its small-village charm is the way commercial and residential activities get intermingled through both space and time....

Before Our Time: Newspapers a historic and a history source …

As my late-blooming interest in local history has deepened, I’ve become increasingly impressed with the value of old newspapers. They preserve a contemporary record of...

Before our time: J.M.V. Pathfinders to Idyllwild Pines …

From time to time in this column, I share anecdotes illustrating the adage that in order to be preserved, history must first be reconstructed....

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 Time: By Robert B. Smith

With Avery Field’s photography, others saw Idyllwild … Picture postcards are an ever-popular item in scenic areas such as Idyllwild. We certainly have had our...

Before Our Time: Before Kwikset came

You can’t commute from Fern Valley or walk about town these mild summer mornings for very long without noticing the seemingly abandoned scatter of...

Before our time: Another Mountain Center Fire — 1943 …

The fire erupted unseen in dried-out brush, and wind drove it through Mountain Center before the first fire crew arrived. As flames raced down...

Before our time: An Idyllwild institution — the Chamber of Commerce...

An Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce with 700 members? Dream on! And yet..... Our Chamber’s recent demise piqued my curiosity about its origin. I found evidence...

Before Our Time: Idyllwild School …

Most of us with careers in education know the sense of relief that comes with the end of a school year. I suspect that...

Before Our Time: Lakes on the Hill …

The absence of a local lake has helped shape Idyllwild’s lasting character, a fact for which many Hill residents are grateful. But as with...
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