Scenic Mount Lowe and Its Wonderful Railway

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Scenic Mount Lowe

By George Wharton James.

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The Grandest Railway in the World

SCENIC MOUNT LOWE
AND ITS
Wonderful Railway

How the Sierra Madre Mountains have been surmounted by
Electric Cars, and the most Beautiful and Grand Views of
Mountain, Valley and Ocean Scenery made accessible to all

PROFUSELY ILLUSTRATED

FIFTH EDITION

BY
GEORGE WHARTON JAMES

AUTHOR OF
Travelers’ Hand-book to Southern California
In and Out of the Old Missions of California
In and Around the Grand Canyon
The Indians of the Painted Desert Region
Indian Basketry; How to make Indian and other Baskets
Etc., Etc.

1905
PACIFIC ELECTRIC RAILWAY
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA


MOUNTAINS.

Centuries old are the mountains;
Their foreheads wrinkled and rifted,
Helios crowns by day,
Pallid, serene by night;
From their bosoms uptossed
The snows are driven and drifted
Like Lithonus’ beard
Streaming, disheveled and white.
Thunder and tempest of wind
Their trumpets blow in the vastness;
Phantoms of mist and rain,
Cloud and the shadow of cloud,
Pass and repass by the gates
Of their inaccessible fastness;
Ever unmoved they stand,
Solemn, eternal and proud.
Longfellow
in “The Mask of Pandora.”

CONTENTS.

 PAGE
Mountains, by Longfellow4
Man’s Love for the Mountains7
Distinguished Testimony13
Mount Lowe Railway21
Origin of the Mount Lowe Railway23
Rubio Canyon27
Great Cable Incline29
Echo Mountain31
Echo Mountain House33
Lowe Observatory35
Professor Larkin38
The Spectroscope43
Great World’s Fair Searchlight47
Operating Machinery of Great Cable Incline49
Glen Canyon51
Mount Lowe Eight53
Phantom Sea55
Alpine Division57
Nature and Art59
Magnificent Views61
Circular Bridge65
Alpine Club House, Hanging of the Crane69
Benefits of Mountain Climbing79
Health Gained in the Mountains83
Mountain Canyon in the Winter85
Flora of Mount Lowe88
Coast Islands from Mount Lowe93
Looking from Mount Lowe Over the Valley94
From Alpine Snow to Semi-Tropical Sea96
From the Mountains to the Sea102
Dawn on Mount Lowe104
Tri-Crested Summit of Mount Lowe106
A Forest of Pines106
The Name107
How to See Mount Lowe110
Summer on Mount Lowe112
The Summing Up114
The Beauties of Mount Lowe115
Other Picturesque Trips on the Pacific Electric Railway116
Long Beach116
Whittier119
San Gabriel120
Monrovia and Baldwin’s Ranch123
Alpine Scenery in Winter on Shoulders of Mount Lowe. Alpine Scenery in Winter on Shoulders of Mount Lowe.

THE MOUNT LOWE DIVISION

PACIFIC ELECTRIC RAILWAY

Scenic Mount Lowe

Man’s Love for Mountains.

In all ages of the world man has been a lover of mountains. Ruskin says, “Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery,” hence it is natural that man should love them and that they should exercise great and potent influence upon him.

Carmel, Ararat, Hor, Horeb, Nebo, Sinai, Olivet, Hermon, Calvary, and others have left—through the literature of the Bible—ineffaceable impressions upon the highest civilizations of the world. All oriental literature abounds in references to mountains, and men were incited to lives of majesty, power, and purity by contemplation of them.

Every student of Japanese literature knows the influence Fuji Yama has had upon the destinies of that thoughtful nation. Life in the mountains of Afghanistan, Beloochistan and Northern India transformed the calm, meditative, pastoral Hindoos into active, impulsive, warlike peoples, whose movements resemble somewhat the fierce storms that play upon their mountain summits or the wild winds that whirl down their canyons.

Robert T. Lincoln and Other Distinguished Visitors in the Snow near Echo Mountain, Mount Lowe Railway. Robert T. Lincoln and Other Distinguished Visitors in the Snow near Echo Mountain, Mount Lowe Railway.

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