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A Piece of Big Bear History

Updated: Jul 3, 2020

Originally named Garstin Island, this iconic landmark is also known as Treasure Island or China Island. Built by Herbert & Maude Garstin in 1911, the style of the home was likely influenced by trips the Garstins made to China. While ownership has changed hands over the years, the structures on the island are still privately owned and situated on forest service land that is "leased" to the owners. On warm summer days boats drop-anchor in the surrounding waters, sunbathers lounge on the shore opposite the island and swimmers dive into the lake to cool off. This beautiful little piece of Big Bear history has been the backdrop of many fond memories for locals and visitors alike.

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