History Presentation +A Field Trip

 Family Photos below

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The Big Bear Valley Historical Society invites everyone to join the Thursday February 11th meeting, to be at the Discovery Center.

Docent Chairperson Jonni Vindiola will present the History of the Tidwell Family, of which she is a member; particularly a distant relative of long-time San Bernardino County Sheriff Floyd Tidwell. Tidwell was born in Big Bear Valley. The story of his youth and later in his law enforcement career, is most interesting!

The meeting begins at 7:00 P.M.  The Discovery Center is located on North Shore Drive, west of the Range Station. 

For a Field Trip Adventure, Friday February 12th (weather permitting) meet and carpool to a visit of the birth site in Metcalf Bay, of Sheriff Tidwell.  He built a home in his later years in Erwin Lake – using the original log home as a basic structure – is in the offing.

Meet others at 9:00 A.M. at the Big Bear Valley Museum parking lot, located in Big Bear City at 800 Greenway Road at Tom Core Lane. 






The Tidwell's 

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1 - Floyd Tidwell standing in front of the Tidwell's Lone Star Cabins sign in Metcalf Bay (1930's)


v  2 - Deputy Floyd Tidwell, Big Bear Lake (1950's)


v  3 - Sheriff Floyd Tidwell, Big Bear Lake (1980's)


4 - Lone Star Camp - Built between 1912-1916 by Bob and Cora Belt 

(later to become Floyd's mother, Peggy Tidwell) Metcalf Bay


5 - Peggy Tidwell standing by the family's cabin at Lone Star Camp (1930's)


6- Belt – Bob Belt, Peggy's first husband who built Lone Star Camp and Belt's Duck Club 

out at Baldwin Lake. He was shot and killed near the Duck Club by an escapee from Patton. (1922)


7 - Duck Club - Baldwin Lake (1917)

Knickerbocker & A.P. Tidwell - Bill Knickerbocker and A.P. (Ted) Tidwell long-time family friends. 

Bill helped construct of many of their lodges, camps, and cabins.


Photos contributed by Jonni Vindiola 

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