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Near Altadena in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Mount Lowe Railway

Historical Marker

 
 
Mount Lowe Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
2015
1. Mount Lowe Railway Marker
Inscription.  Cable wheel, last remnant of Incline section, Mt Lowe Railway, Rubio Canyon to Echo Mt, 1893-1938, built by Prof. T.S.C. Lowe, D.J. Macpherson, engineer.
 
Erected 1963 by Pasadena Historical Society, Altadena Historical Society, Pasadena Pioneer Association, U.S. Forest Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasRailroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 34° 12.666′ N, 118° 7.251′ W. Marker is near Altadena, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from Mount Lowe Railway Trail. Located on Echo Mountain in the Angeles National Forest. The hike is three miles up a steep trail with a strenuous 1,500-foot altitude gain. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Altadena CA 91001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. MacPherson Parkway (approx. one mile away); Zane Grey Estate (approx. 1.8 miles away); Christmas Tree Lane (approx. 2.1 miles away); O. Oliver Goodall (approx. 2.6 miles away); Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Marker and Cable Wheel image. Click for full size.
2016
2. Marker and Cable Wheel
(approx. 3.2 miles away); Harvard’s Mount Wilson Station (approx. 3.4 miles away); Benjamin Davis Wilson (approx. 3.4 miles away); Michelson Pier on Mount Wilson (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Altadena.
 
Regarding Mount Lowe Railway. During the early 1900’s, tourists could take the Pacific Electric trolly from Los Angeles to Rubio Canyon, then take the Incline Railway to the top of Echo Mountain, and then take another electric trolly to the Alpine Tavern hotel, all for one dollar round-trip. The hotel burned down in 1936, and was not rebuilt due to the Depression.
 
Cable Wheel and Marker image. Click for full size.
2015
3. Cable Wheel and Marker
Incline Railway image. Click for full size.
circa 1915
4. Incline Railway
Alpine Tavern image. Click for full size.
circa 1913
5. Alpine Tavern
National Register of Historic Places image. Click for full size.
2016
6. National Register of Historic Places
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 9, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 29, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 182 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 29, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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Sep. 24, 2020