Bear Valley

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Bear Valley History

by Judith Marvin, 2011, from Guidebook for Ebbetts Pass

Bear Valley was first named Grizzly Bear Valley for the abundance of grizzlies in the vicinity.  In the early 1860s Harvey S. Blood of Angels Camp patented the land as a summer stock range.  A prominent citizen of Calaveras and Alpine counties, he served as an Assemblyman to the State Legislature in the 1890s, and was a long-time owner of the historic Murphys Hotel.  In 1862, after Blood and Jonathan C.