NO. 619 HOLCOMB VALLEY - Southern California's largest gold rush followed the discovery of rich placer deposits by William F. Holcomb and Ben Choteau on May 4, 1860. Miners rushed to the valley and established boom towns. Belleville, the largest, rivaled San Bernardino in population and almost became the county seat. Violence and hangings were common in this remote valley. Over time, major placer and quartz mining declined although some activity continues today.
Plaque: Big Bear Historical Museum, 131 East Mountain View Boulevard, Big Bear, CA 92314 ~~~~~~~~~~ Site: Gold Fever Interpretive Site, 34.3014027777778,-116.885697222222
Watch out for Dune Buggies while you are on the road to Holcomb Valley.