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Re: Vintage Wrightwood photos
« Reply #25 on: Nov 17, 02, 12:14:23 AM »
When and how did wrightwood get it's Name ???

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« Reply #26 on: Nov 17, 02, 03:04:22 AM »
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John Robinson in "The San Gabriels", 1991 edition, page 292, writes:

"Sumner Wright [businessman, cattle rancher and apple grower in Swarthout Valley] suffered financial hardships, too. To recoup his fortunes, he decided to subdivide his Swarthout Valley property for homesites.....The proposed new community was named "Wrightwood." The sales campaign got underway in 1924.....distributed a brochure extolling the virtues of leisure living "in the Kingdom of the Four Seasons at Wrightwood Mountain, California."

Robinson' s source was a book by Pearl Comfort Fisher entitled "The Mountaineers" published in 1972. He notes that, "This book is a history of the Wrightwood-Big Pines area written by a local historian there."

Now that is a book I would like to find!

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Re: Vintage Wrightwood photos
« Reply #27 on: Nov 17, 02, 04:11:25 AM »
Thanks Pinesent. I did find alot more info in Yahoo search "History Of Wrightwood" and http://wrightwoodcalifornia.com

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Re: Vintage Wrightwood photos
« Reply #28 on: Nov 20, 02, 02:47:06 PM »
Were those shots of the guy waterskiing behind the power boat the result of a stunt, or what?  It's hard to imagine the lake was ever large enough to accomodate a power boat, let alone a boat pulling a skier.

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Re: Vintage Wrightwood photos
« Reply #29 on: Nov 27, 02, 01:56:11 AM »
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Were those shots of the guy waterskiing behind the power boat the result of a stunt, or what?  It's hard to imagine the lake was ever large enough to accomodate a power boat, let alone a boat pulling a skier.


elmerfudd,
waterskiing on Twin Lakes was a stunt but really did happen.

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« Reply #30 on: Nov 27, 02, 04:43:27 PM »
Wow!  I love these pictures.  Whatever happened to Twin Lakes?  Is that still a big hangout for the local kids?  I haven't heard anything about it before today.

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Re: Vintage Wrightwood photos
« Reply #31 on: Dec 01, 02, 03:26:49 PM »
Im wondering if anyone of the Historical Society had the "foresight" to photograph/videotape our first Annual Christmas Light parade.

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Re: Vintage Wrightwood photos
« Reply #32 on: Dec 28, 02, 05:55:53 PM »
Celebrities

How many celebrities own property in Wrightwood?

In the 60's it seemed as if most of CBS news had people that owned property in Wrightwood.

In the days when Jerry Dunphy was giving his "From the desert to the sea to all of Los Angeles" line, the man who did the sports, Gil Straton, had a cabin here.  He use to start the sports by saying "hello everybody".

Gil had talked Bill Keene the CBS News weatherman, also KABC news radio later in his life, into buying property in Wrightwood.  In fact Bill Keene was the grand Marshall of the Mountaineer Days parade in the year in which I won first place for "Novelity Act".  At the age of 12 I rode down Park Ave riding a unicycle and was presented my trophy by Bill Keene.

Bob Banfield of ABC's Eyewitness News, the Inland Impire reporter, also owned a cabin in Wrightwood.  I don't know if he still does.

As I mentioned in the above post, Lee Marvin also owned a cabin here for many years.

Does anyone know of any other celebrities that own property in Wrightwood?

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Re: Vintage Wrightwood photos
« Reply #33 on: Jan 18, 03, 01:40:48 PM »
Another "celebrity" living in town is Virginia....somebody. She was one of the Harvey Girls, in "The Harvey Girls"
Her picture used to be up in the VideoZone.

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Re: Vintage Wrightwood photos
« Reply #34 on: Jan 18, 03, 01:42:57 PM »
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Another "celebrity" living in town is Virginia....somebody. She was one of the Harvey Girls, in "The Harvey Girls"
Her picture used to be up in the VideoZone.


 


I've been meaning to post this information about Virginia O’Brien for a while. I was fortunate enough to meet her a number of times before her passing a year or so back. She enjoyed visiting the Wrightwood Inn for a drink and listened to Karaoke with a special twinkle in her eyes. I must say she was a true lady and never had an idea of her background the first few times I met her.  

Virginia O’Brien’s Filmography
By Richard E. Braff

    1. Hullabaloo. 1940. MGM. Edwin L. Marin. Sc and story by Nat Perrin. 10-25. 77M. Frank Morgan, Virginia Grey, Dan Dailey, Jr., Billie Burke, Nydia Westman, Ann Morriss, Donald Meek, Reginald Owen, Charles Holland, Virginia O’Brien, Curt Bois, Sara Haden, Larry Numm, Barnett Parker.

    2. Sky Murder. 1940. MGM. George B. Seitz. Original screenplay and story by William R. Lipman. 9-27. 72M. Walter Pidgeon, Donald Meek, Karen Verne, Edward Ashley, Joyce Compton, Tom Conway, George Lessey, Dorothy Tree, Frank Richer, Chill Willis, George Watts, Byron Foulger, William Tannen, Milton Parsons, Tom Neal, Lucien Prival, Virginia O’Brien, Grady Sutton, Barbara Bedford, Lloyd Whitlock.

    3. The Big Store. 1941. MGM. Charles Reisner. Sc by Sid Kuller, Hal Fimberg, Roy Golden, story by Nat Perrin. 6-20. 80M. Groucho, Harpo, Chico Marx, Tony Martin, Virginia Grey, Margaret Dumont, Douglas Dumbrille, William Tannen, Virginia O’Brien, Henry Armetta, Anna Demetrio, Paul Stanton, Russell Hicks, Bradley Page, Six Hits and a Miss.

    4. Ringside Maisie. 1941. MGM. Edward L. Marin. Sc and story by Mary C. McCall, Jr., 8-1. 96M. Ann Sothern, George Murphy, Robert Sterling, Virginia O’Brien, Natalie Thompson, Margaret Moffat, Maxie Rosenbloom, Jack LaRue, "Rags" Ragland, Oscar O’Shea, John Indrisano, Roy Lester, Eddie Simms, Jonathan Hale, Purnell Pratt.

    5. Lady Be Good. 1941. MGM. Norman Z. McLeod. Sc by Jack McGowan, Kay Van Riper, John McClain, story by Jack McGowan. 9-6. 111M. Eleanor Powell, Ann Sothern, Robert Young, Lionel Barrymore, John Carroll, Red Skelton, Reginald Owen, Rose Hobart, Phil Silvers, The Berry Brothers, Connie Russell.

    6. Ship Ahoy. 1942. MGM. Edward Buzzell. Sc by Harry Clork, story by Matt Brooks, Bradford Ropes, Bert Kalmar. 4-17. 95M. Eleanor Powell, Red Skelton, Bert Lahr, Virginia O’Brien, Wililam Post, Jr., James Cross, Eddie Hartman, Stuart Crawford, John Emery, Bernard Nedell, Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra.

    7. Panama Hattie. 1942. MGM. Norman Z. McLeod. Sc by Jack McGowan, Wilkie Mahoney, story by Herbert Fields, B. G. DeSylvia. 7-22 79M. Red Skelton, Ann Sothern, "Rags" Ragland, Ben Blue, Marsha Hunt, Virginia O’Brien, Alan Mowbary, Dan Dailey, Jr., Jackie Horner, Carl Esmond, Lena Horne, The Berry Brothers, Grant Withers, Carmen Amaya Dancers, Monte Blue.

    8. DuBarry Was a Lady. 1943. MGM. Roy Del Ruth. Sc by Irving Brecher, story by B. G. DeSylvia, Herbert Fields. 5-16. 101M. Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly, "Rags" Ragland, Virginia O’Brien, Zero Mostel, Donald Meek, Douglas Dumbrille, George Givot, Louise Beavers, Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, Dick Haymes.

    9. Thousands Cheer. 1943. MGM. George Sidney. Sc and story by Paul Jerrico, Richard Collins. 9-15. 126M. Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Red Skelton, Eleanor Powell, Ann Sothern, Lucille Ball, Virginia O’Brien, Frank Morgan, Kathryn Grayson, Lena Horne, Marsha Hunt, Marilyn Maxwell, Donna Reed, Margaret O’Brien, Gene Kelly, Mary Astor, John Boles, Ben Blue, June Allyson, Gloria DeHaven, John Conte, Sara Haden, Frances Rafferty, Mary Elliott, Frank Jenks, Jose Iturbi, Don Loper, Kay Kyser and His Band, Bob Crosby and His Band, Benny Carter and His Orchestra.

    10. Two Girls and a Sailor. 1944. MGM. Richard Thorpe. Sc by Richard Connell, Gladys Lehrman. 6-9. 124M. Van Johnson, June Allyson, Gloria DeHaven, Jose Iturbi, Jimmy Durante, Gracie Allen, Lena Horne, Tom Drake, Henry Stephenson, Henry O’Neill, Ben Blue, Carlos Rameriz, Frank Sully, Albert Coates, Virginia O’Brien, Donald Meek, Amparo Iturbi, Wilde Twins, Harry James and His Band, Helen Forrest, Xavier Cugat Orchestra with Lima Romay.

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Riding Stable
« Reply #35 on: Jan 18, 03, 01:51:51 PM »
Rumor has it there was a Riding Stable near Mt. High
Probably Holiday Hill Actually. Anyone have photo's of that?

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Re: Vintage Wrightwood photos
« Reply #36 on: Jan 18, 03, 02:29:48 PM »
Virginia O’Brien’s Filmography
By Richard E. Braff (Cont)
    11. Meet the People. 1944. MGM. Charles Reisner. Sc by S. M. Hertz, Fred Saldy, story by Louise Lantz, Sol and Ben Barzman. 6-7. 100M. Lucille Ball, Dick Powell, Virginia O’Brien, Bert Lahr, "Rags" Ragland, June Allyson, Steve Geray, Paul Ragland, Howard Freeman, Betty Jaynes, John Craven, Morris Ankrum, Miriam LaVelle, Ziggie Talent, Mata and Hari, Vaughn Monroe and Orchestra, Spike Jones and His City Slickers.

    12. Ziegfeld Follies of 1946. 1945. MGM. Vincente Minnelli, George Sidney, Robert Lewis, Charles Walters, Roy Del Ruth, Lemuel Ayres. Sc and stories for skits by 37 author and script writers. See Motion Picture Guide, Vol. IX. William Powell, Fred Astaire, Lucille Bremer, Lena Horne, Lucille Ball, Judy Garland, Feodor Chaliapin, Esther Williams, Red Skelton, Gene Kelly, James Melton, Marion Bell, Fanny Brice, Hume Cronyn, William Frawley, Victor Moore, Edward Arnold, Keenan Wynn, Audrey Totter, Kathryn Grayson, Cyd Charisse.

    13. The Harvey Girls. 1946. MGM. George Sidney. Sc by Edmund Beloin, Nathaniel Curtis, story by Samuel Hopkins Adams, Eleanore Griffin, William Rankin. 2-9. 101M. Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Ray Bolger, Angela Lansbury, Marjorie Main, Chill Wills, Preston Foster, Kenny Baker, Virginia O’Brien, Selena Royale, Cyd Charisse, Ruth Brady, Jack Lambert, Edward Earle, Morris Ankrum, William Phillips, Ben Carter, Norman Leavitt, Horace McNally.

    14. The Show-Off. 1946. MGM. Harry Beaumont. Sc by George Wells, story by George Kelly. 12-17. 84M. Red Skelton, Marilyn Maxwell, Marjorie Main, Virginia O’Brien, Eddie Rochester Anderson, George Cleveland, Leon Ames, Marshall Thompson, Jacqueline White, Wilson Wood, Lila Leeds, Emory Parnell.

    15. Merton of the Movies. 1947. MGM. Robert Alton. Sc by George Wells, Lou Breslow, story by Harry Leon Wilson. 10-17. 98M. Red Skelton, Virginia O’Brien, Gloria Grahame, Leon Ames, Alan Mowbray, Charles D. Brown, Henry Hayden, Hugo Haas, Tom Trout, Douglas Fowley, Dick Wessell.

    16. Till the Clouds Roll By. 1947. MGM. Richard Whorf. Sc by Myles Connolly, Jean Halloway, George Wells, story by Guy Bolton. 11-12. 120M. June Allyson, Lucille Bremer, Judy Garland, Kathryn Grayson, Van Heflin, Lena Horne, Van Johnson, Tony Martin, Gower Champion, Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra, Robert Walker, Harry Hayden, Cyd Charisse, Paul Langton, Angela Lansbury, Virginia O’Brien, Paul Macey, Ray McDonald, Mary Nash, Dorothy Patrick, Caleb Peterson, William Phillips, Joan Wells, The Wilde Twins.

    17. Francis in the Navy. 1955. Universal. Arthur Lubin. Sc and story by Devery Freeman. 8-9. 80M. Donald O’Connor, Martha Hyer, Richard Erdman, Jim Backus, Myrna Hansen, Paul Burke, David Janssen, Clint Eastwood, Leigh Snowden, Virginia O’Brien, Betty Jane Howarth, Phil Garris, Martin Milner, William Forrest, Chill Wills, voice for Francis.

    18. The Great Morgan. 1944. Studio, release date, sc and story not available. Directed by Nat Perrin. Frank Morgan, Eleanor Powell, Virginia O’Brien, King Sisters.

    19. Gus. 1977. Walt Disney-Buena Vista. Vincent J. McEveety. Sc and story by Ted Key. 7-21. 96M. Ed Asner, Don Knotts, Gary Grimes, Tim Conway, Liberty Williams, Dick Van Patten, Ronnie Schell, Bob Crane, Johnny Unitas, Dick Butkus, Harold Gould, Tom Bosley, Titos Vandis, Iris Adrian, Virginia O’Brien


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Re: Riding Stable
« Reply #37 on: Jan 18, 03, 02:31:39 PM »
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Rumor has it there was a Riding Stable near Mt. High
Probably Holiday Hill Actually. Anyone have photo's of that?


It was directly across from Holiday Hill (Mt High East). Mountain High did manage and/or owned it in the 80's.

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Re: Vintage Wrightwood photos
« Reply #38 on: Jan 19, 03, 12:30:14 PM »
WOW!!!

For a lot of people it gives a sense of growing up and remembering the past....for others, it's a way of seeing the history of a community.

These pictures and stories are truly awesome....thanks for sharing them.

WOW!!     :o

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Re: Vintage Wrightwood photos
« Reply #39 on: May 09, 03, 11:56:31 AM »
The first photo below was taken in 1938. It's known as Lurkers Place and Lurkers Service. It is now the Sawmill.

The building was built between 1925 to 1928.

In 1992 it was bought by Cyrus & Viginia Leeper and leased to various deli type businesses including; Mexican, Italian, The Coal Car Deli, The Two Sisters Deli and the Walker Deli.





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Re: Vintage Wrightwood photos
« Reply #40 on: May 09, 03, 12:02:54 PM »
Early photo of Wrightwood Elementary School.





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Re: Vintage Wrightwood photos
« Reply #41 on: May 09, 03, 12:06:31 PM »
Wrightwood Volunteer Fire Dept.

In the background is the building now known as Mile High Pizza. (Less fireplace)



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Re: Vintage Wrightwood photos
« Reply #42 on: May 09, 03, 12:08:55 PM »
Early photo of Wrightwood Store. Now the Cluster.





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Re: Vintage Wrightwood photos
« Reply #43 on: Sep 12, 03, 10:37:08 AM »
Here's some old postcards that John of Long Beach has shared.

1st some old Holiday Hill postcards. Now called Mt High East







Old Crystal Lake Post cards




Road to Crystal Lake



Crystal Lake Store (Still standing after last years fire  ;D




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Re: Vintage Wrightwood photos
« Reply #44 on: Oct 14, 03, 07:23:35 AM »
Can't say it enough....THANK YOU for posting all these great old photos and postcards ;)

Haven't been to Crystal Lake since a small child early 60's. Just curious if anyone has been out there since the fire? Last I heard the roads were closed but that was a while back. I was thinking it might be a nice drive and way to spend the day in the near future.

Its amazing the store didn't burn down.

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Re: Vintage Wrightwood photos
« Reply #45 on: Oct 14, 03, 08:44:26 AM »
Road is still closed and will remain so for some time. You can take SR 39 only as far as the East fork.

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« Reply #46 on: Oct 16, 03, 10:50:17 AM »
Thanks Clint!   ;D

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Re: Vintage Wrightwood photos
« Reply #47 on: Feb 23, 04, 04:41:16 AM »
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Wow!  I love these pictures.  Whatever happened to Twin Lakes?  Is that still a big hangout for the local kids?  I haven't heard anything about it before today.


Twin Lakes is now called the Wrightwood Country Club...

The "upper" lake was gone before my family moved to Wrightwood in 1975...

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Re: Vintage Wrightwood photos
« Reply #48 on: Feb 23, 04, 12:05:01 PM »
Forum member Suhijita sent this 1944 Wrightwood postcard


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Re: Vintage Wrightwood photos
« Reply #49 on: Feb 25, 04, 12:23:46 PM »
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Wrightwood Mud Disasters 1969 - 1941
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Even though we weren't affected by the recent wildfires, please be aware that certain areas of Wrightwood are still susceptible to flooding and/or mudslides.  These pictures speak for themselves.