About Peter Pan Woodland Club
Three hundred years ago the site of Big Bear City was a wilderness, a pristine valley of forest and sward, where Juniper and Pines of ancient age have battled victoriously with snowy storms and felt the ecstacy of calms –an earthly paradise, adorned with dashing streams and placid lakes, feed by melted snow, rivulets and percolating springs: in such a spectacle of loveliness is this “Never Land come true.” Here has been dedicated a happy memorial to the tribe of Peter Pan.
More than half a century ago, with the prodded burro bearing grub-stake, pick, shovel and pan, the adventurous prospector, lured by the quest of Golconda, located various claims –Doble and Rose mines becoming famous for their opulent output. Herdsmen followed the blazed trails of the miners, pre-empting the fertile sections. Pre-visioning the future of California, “Lucky” Baldwin became the possessor of three thousand enchanting acres, especially valuing the abundant water supply, now sagaciously held by the projectors of the Big Bear Land and Water Company.
First only an idea, with remarkably rapid progress, Big Bear City has become a sylvan resort of distinction. Deliberately protected from the commonplaces of commercialism, its architecture, paved Boulevard, twenty miles of improved Streets, rustic Bridges over artificial lakelets and lagoons, Tennis Courts, and the vernal sward of Golf Course, embraced by a sequestered Bridal Path, two major lakes, Baldwin, and Big Bear, where, on the latter, a floating Boat House is moored, with a little flotilla of Fishing Boats, Duck Blinds, a level mile of Airport, nearly a hundred private Homes of aesthetic pattern, surrounding the new Club site, the Lodge, and Administration Building, Mill, Fish Hatchery, Pan Hot Springs, Swimming Pool, Ski Way and Toboggan Slide –all contribute to make an unsurpassed recreational and sports rendezvous, adequately equipped and so designed that the charm of rusticity has been maintained, though augmented by all the conveniences of a modern caravansary.
To conserve the coveted water-rights, now of inestimable value, while the preliminary building of Big Bear City has been in progress, Peter Pan Woodland Club became a necessity. Thousands of Members –lovers of Sports, Recreations and Games of the virile out-of-doors, Hunting and Fishing –have made this latest feature a boon. Valuing the retention of their water-rights, the Sponsors of the Club have cautiously conserved the irreproachable character of Peter Pan’s congenial constituency, by requiring a normal, fun-loving and moral ideal of deportment. The response of the Public –all who, in the verve of human vigor, can with Peter exclaim “I’m youth, I’m joy” –has occasioned the massing of a tremendous Membership.
Four major roads, kept by the State and County in excellent shape, the announced completion of the “Big Bear Highway,” and the perfecting of the local Airport has made “Peter Pan” a mountain mecca. Many thousands of property owners have lifted Big Bear City above the level of vagueness and hope –established now, as it is, as a captivating certainty. Here multitudes of rusticants may learn, as Barrie exquisitely expresses the quaint truism, that “To live would be an awfully big adventure.”
Peter Pan Hunting Reserves
|The primitive pursuit of the human race was the Hunt, inducing that instinct in every normal Nimrod.Peter Pan private Hunting Preserves bordering Big Bear City, surrounded by the Government Forest Reserve, remain a wilderness, where rugged canyons and isolated vales become the rampart of retreating wild herds, and torrents of melting snow and bubbling springs serve the thirst of the illusive deer, or the now nearly extinct Grizzly, Mountain Lion and Wild Hog. Belligerent game occasionally may be sighted within a day’s vigorous climb. Deer, subject to the State’s protective provision, is frequently brought in from its chosen haunts –as venison, on stated days, at the Lodge is edible proof. Covies of timorous quail and doves are plentiful within three miles of the Club: all the smaller game that abound in California’s mountainous regions are here, waging their quest for existence. Adding to the thrill of the Hunt, what majesty abounds in this Hunter’s incomparable paradise, as it came from God!|
Big Bear City California
|The building of a City is never completed while the nucleus of attraction remains. So long as men and women work they must rest; and while Southern California shall grow, massing its millions, its recreational resorts must flourish in proportion to their unique allurement.Directly connecting with a Transcontinental Highway, nto exceeding a 6% grade over picturesque San Bernardino Mountains, Big Bear City – the terminal point of the City Creek, Victorville (desert route) and Mill Creek roads – is now easily accessible, through landscapes of splendor. Set midway between Baldwin and Big Bear Lakes, scenically the environs of this celebrated resort beggars verbal description. The site is penetrated by paved Big Bear Boulevard, intersected by more than twenty miles of improved streets, umbrageously sylvan. Aesthetic architectural requirements conforming to the rustic mood, preclude the marring of the prevailing enchantment. With that ideal in mind, numerous plans and elevations are available without cost to property owners.|
Fishing on Big Bear Lake
|FISHERMAN’S luck depends on the gullibility of the fish. But what devotee of Ike Walton can catch a string, where fish are not! In the waters of the vicinity of Big Bear City, edged by rivulets and snow-fed lakes, vivified by springs, fish are in flourishing abundance.The State’s Government Fish Hatcheries are located on one of our streams, leased at a nominal rental. Selection of this site was due to the perfect purity of the water, the low temperature of 40 degrees, and easy accessibility. Under scientific supervision Baldwin and Big Bear Lakes, Green Canyon and famous Van Duesen Stream, with its purling pools, cascades and falls, are stocked with a million trout, annually.Continual “catches” are proof of Rainbow Trout and Black Bass in abundant supply. Boats, tackle and bait are available for the happy use of Members. Further supplementing the features that now attract the angler’s zest, the Seven Vagabond Lakes are proposed, stocked with Golden and Speckled Mountain Trout, Loch Leven and Dolly Varden, permitting all-year-round fishing, exempt from the State Fish and Game Laws.|