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Old Posted Feb 9, 2011, 1:55 PM
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Originally Posted by MichaelRyerson View Post
Well let's try this again...

Thought I'd try to contribute something to this great thread. Found these on Shorpy, one of my all-time favorite sites. The 'now' pic is by a Shorpy contributor (Dandy). Fifty years ago, my father and several of my uncles took some of us kids hiking up the Mount Lowe right-of-way (yes, I'm that old), the tracks and most of the trestles were long gone even then. I think you can still find evidence of both the Railway and the several resort buildings today.

First image from 1913...

and today...
i thought i would try and help you out. i saved the photos to my flickr account, and uploaded them that way

:::::2 second later update:::::

just as i posted this , i see you solved your problem!

well then i'll just add this postcard of the search light on mount echo to keep the post on topic

A man stands next to a large searchlight on a platform on top of Echo Mountain in Los Angeles, California. A reflection of the Echo Mountain House is visible in the lens of the searchlight. The landscape below is largely undeveloped farmland.
Shortly after retiring to Los Angeles in the 1880s, Thaddeus Lowe began construction on the Mount Lowe Railway, which wound for nearly seven miles around Mount Lowe and Echo Mountain. The track ended at the summit of Echo Mountain, where tourists could visit an observatory, casino and dance hall, or stay at one of several hotels. In 1893. In 1894, Lowe installed on Echo Mountain a three million candlepower searchlight purchased from the Columbian Exposition held in Chicago. The searchlight's reflecting mirror was 60 inches in diameter, and was manufactured by Mangin, in Paris, France. The beam from the light had a 35-mile projection, and was advertised as being able to illuminate the island of Catalina from its mountain perch. Residents announcing their birthdays could have the light shone on their homes in the evening. By the 1930s, however, the light was considered a public nuisance and was shut off permanently.
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