At Least For The 300th Anniversary New Bern Bear
New Bern celebrated it's 300th birthday in 2010 and part of the celebration included custom artistic bears scattered all over the city. New Bern was settled by Germans and Swiss settlers in 1710. Hence the name New Bern. Bern is translated in German to mean bear. As you ride around the city of New Bern you will see bears everywhere. We are proud of our heritage, and bears are part of that heritage.