Historical Landmark

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. Belleville Holcomb Valley, on Rd No. 3N16, 4.3 mi NW of Big Bear City.

Registration Date: 9/11/1957

City: Big Bear
County: San Bernardino

Plaque at Big Bear Valley Historical Society Museum in Big Bear City Park on Green Way Dr

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