Old Miners Days 2016

Old Miners Days

. . .to your share of FUN at this year’s

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Big Bear Valley has a rich history of logging, ranching, and mining that has made the mountain Valley a historical treasure for California. With its numerous abandoned mines, ghost towns, romantic and notorious legends, heroes and villains, Big Bear takes to heart its past by celebrating it every summer through Old Miners’ Days. Events begin May 26th and run through September. These events strive to bring history alive as residents and visitors take part in time honored and sometimes comical Big Bear Valley traditions and antics.

2016 Events

  • Thursday, September 8 • 6 p.m.
    Miss Clementine Scholarship Pageant
    Masonic Lodge • 385 Summit Boulevard
    Contact:  John Villani, (909) 362-4246
    Contestants will be accepted up to the time of the contest.
    Click here for Miss Clementine Scholarship Pageant Application
  • Saturday, September 10, 2016
    Big Bear Heritage Parade
    The theme is “Prospecting for Gold in the Heart of Our Community.”
    Check-in and Line Up – 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    Parade is set to begin at 11 a.m.
    Application to be in parade


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Outlaw Miners

Brief History

ESTABLISHED May 17, 1949

It all started about 150 years ago, when, “There’s gold in them thar Hills!” was the cry that sparked thousands to leave their homes, jobs, and sometimes even their families and race across an untamed continent in hopes of striking it rich in the California gold fields. And nowhere did that clamorous hue ring more true then right here in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Once large amounts of the priceless substance began being unearthed, news of the rich find spread across the land like a windblown prairie fire. Soon, thousands of gold-hungry prospectors were fighting their way into the San Bernardinos.

William Holcomb, a youngster who walked to the West from his home in Indiana, discovered a small valley full of gold just to the north of the present Big Bear Valley. Soon nearly 1300 miners were hard at work, and some took as much as $1 from every bucket of dirt. The Valley was named for its discoverer. Read more about Old Miners Days.

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