Glossary and Terms

Belleville

Town built in Holcomb Valley in 1861

Big Bear Lake

The town known before as Pine Knot

Cajon Pass

A pass in the mountains between San Bernardino and Victorville

Colton

A city west of San Bernardino

concrete

Material used to create buildings, roads, sidewalks, and dams.

constable

Like a sheriff or policeman

dam

A structure to hold water in a man-made lake

engineer

A person who is trained to build structures

England

An English speaking country in Europe

Gold fever

A feeling people had who wanted to search for and find gold

Gold Mountain

Area in the east end of Holcomb Valley.

Hanging Tree

A tree in Holcomb Valley used for hangings

Holcomb Valley

A small valley north of Big Bear Lake where Bill Holcomb discovered gold

Indiana

A state in the middle part of the United States

Pine Knot

The original name of the village which later became Big Bear Lake

Poverty Flat

Area behind today's Stater Brothers store near Starvation Flat

private

Belonging to a person, not a public place or thing

Public

Belonging to the community

Stamp Mill

A place where rock is crushed to get the ore out

Starvation Flat

Area behind today's Stater Brothers store near Poverty Flat

Telegraph

A form of communication similar to the telephone, but using a Morse code, not voice.

Van Duesen Canyon Road

Road in Big Bear City that follows much of the original Van Duesen wagon road.

Victorville

City in the desert, first known as Victor

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