Tuesday, February 28, 2017
A Mt. Lowe Historical and Descriptive Souvenir
This photo is part of a private collection. Click here for the collection of Robert H. Wilson, and Orpha M. Spencer.
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Someone put an x in blue ink next to Norman's picture.
There is a Fire Warning on front of the car that is too small for me to read.
The sign in the photo says
Pacific Electric R'Y. CO.
YE ALPINE TAVERN
ABOVE THE SEA.
MT. LOWE 6100 FEET.
ABOVE SEA LEVEL.
The image on the right is the back of the photo.
it says mama's father in blue ink.
Under that it says
A Mt. Lowe Historical and Descriptive Souvenir.
there are photos of CIRCULAR BRIDGE, YE ALPINE TAVERN, and GREAT MT. LOWE RAILWAY INCLINE.
The main body of text will be at the bottom of this post.
The Mt. Lowe Division of the Pacific Electric Railway, for safety, speed and comfort, is foremost amongst the scenic mountain railways of the world, offering to the pleasure seeker an ideal trip for sightseeing and recreation surpassed by none. Originated and built by Prof. T.S.C. Lowe and opened to the public July 4th, 1893, on which date the first White Chariot ascended the great Cable Incline, 3000 feet in length over a maximum grade of 62 percent and a direct ascent 1,325 feet to Echo Mountain, an altitude of 3,500 feet. Here the incline machinery is located and open to the inspection of the public. Here also is located the 3,000,000 candle power searchlight and the Great Lowe Observatory. The safety appliances, among which may be mentioned the great tensile strength of the pulling cable, tested to a strain of 100 tons, whereas the actual load never exceeds five tons. The secondary, or safety cable with its automatic devices, the speed indicator, and automatic brakes, combined with extreme operative care, provide that security of travel attested by the fact that no accident has ever marred the history of its operation. From Echo Mountain extendind 5v miles through the Sierra Madre mountains the trolley winds its way up Mt. Lowe to Alpine Tavern. The line, a marvel of engineering and creative skill, entailing the construction of 20 bridges and 127 curves, winding its way to Alpine Tavern 1100 feet below the summit of Mt. Lowe The Tavern is now open everyday of the year and first class meals are furnished at reasonable rates, and good comfortable accomodations by the day or week. Hereone can rest in the quietness ofthe surroundings or find enjoyment in the feeding of frienndly birds and squirrels of the forest or ascend the summit on horse-back and from an altitude of 6100 feet view mountain valley and sea, an inspiring sight indeed.