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Growing up, I used to go back in the woods with my father to look for gold. Most of the time we dug up dirt from rivers, but occasionally we would go into some of the old mines left over from miners in the 19th century (at least the ones that were deemed stable by the government).<BR>
Big Bear is riddled with old mines and decaying log cabins dating back to the late 1800's during the days of the American gold rush. Whole towns used to exist our in the middle of the forest with big mining operations nearby bringing in a steady cash flow. But, as must happen with all civilizations great and small, time took it's toll and the memories, the thoughts of all those who worked and lived, loved and hurt, faded away to nothing more than the dead remains of log cabins, a couple charred fireplaces, a small museum, and a few legends & tall tales of betrayal and deceit...and of hidden stashes of gold buried and never returned for.
The museum is a collection of all the artifacts left over from that era. There are a many photos of the people, the actual objects they used in daily life, and even an intact log cabin that has some of the furniture still in it. A bed, a baby cradle, a kitchen...all roughly hewn from hunks of old wood long ago. It's an interesting place, but never seems to be open. It only opens it's doors to visitors in the summertime, and then only for 5 or so hours a day.
Address: Just east of the lake and south of the airfield.
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