Medlin 2013 Family Trip to San Diego travel blog

The multiple arch dam built in 1912

Big Bear Lake from the dam


I’ve decided to go to Las Vegas next week but it took me a long time to sort out where I wanted to stay. It took me nearly all morning but I’ve finally got a reservation for an apartment in an accommodation tower adjacent to the MGM Grand.

I also did a load of washing which involved lots of running back & forth because the laundry is at the other end of the building & there was no indication about how long the washer or dryer cycles were.

It was another beautiful day so I went for a drive around the lake, past the very interesting dam. Apparently the original single-arch granite dam which was built in 1884 by about 8 Italian stone masons, formed Big Bear Lake which was then the world’s largest man-made lake. I find this hard to believe but that’s what the sign says. The sign goes on to say that engineers claimed the dam would not hold & declared it “the eighth wonder of the world’ when it did.

The old dam is underwater because a multiple arch dam was built in 1912 which increased the lake’s capacity by 300%. This design was very economical in the use of concrete which had to be transported up the mountain from Riverside & the dam survived both the 1913 & 1992 earthquakes without damage.



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