“Ed Colwell owned the Anthony House [current location of Lake Wildwood] before Boise Cascade bought it… He had peacocks and big white geese, which he would rent out for such things [as] pulling weeds from spinach beds. He raised turkeys and some cows. Mostly, however, he raised horses. He had 300 brook mares and one Palomino stud…He sold the Palomino colts. This was during the Roy Rogers era; …Everybody wanted a Palomino,” says Alice Magonigle in the article Long-Time Rancher Looks Back by Marianne McKnight, 1999 – Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce.
- 1967 ranch land purchased by Boise Cascade
- 1968 Lake Wildwood Association incorporation
- 1969 early summer – construction began on the dam, road construction, golf course, marina, and buildings
- 1969 Lake Wildwood filled
E. Coli Contamination at Lake Wildwood
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Articles: Urban refugees, country-seekers flock to Nevada County developments for ‘good life’– The Union – July 27, 2014
‘The History Below the Waters of Lake Wildwood’ – The Union – May 14, 2019
Book: Shapping the Sierra; Nature, Culture and Conflict in the Changing West by Timothy P. Duane – LWW sewage treatment plant
1996 Lake Drain
Video: 1969/70 Boise Cascade development in San Bernadino County