Name: Old Bear Valley Dam
Site Number: #725
Date Visited: 08/13/2016
Other Designation: None
Plaque Status: State Marker
Location: 19358-30880 Big Bear Blvd., Fawnskin, CA 92333
Coordinates34.2419471,-116.9758268
Websitewww.eastvalley.org

Description: In 1884 Frank Brown built an unusual dam here to supply irrigation water for the Redlands area. The single-arch granite dam formed Big Bear Lake, then the world’s largest man-made lake. Engineers claimed the dam would not hold, and declared it “The Eighth Wonder of the World” when it did. The old dam is usually underwater because of the 20-foot higher dam built 200 feet west in 1912.