PROFESSOR THADDEUS LOWE
Finally, cleanup plan for boulder-clogged Rubio Canyon
Associated Press: Los Angeles Metro Area (CA) - Thursday, January 25, 2007
A deal for clearing boulder-clogged
Rubio Canyon has been reached, ending an eight-year dispute between
environmentalists and forest officials over how best to handle it.
A 1998 landslide, caused by
relocation of a water pipe, blocked the Angeles National Forest canyon
above Pasadena with 50,000 tons of boulders. Remnants of the historic
Mount Lowe Railway and six waterfalls were buried.
Hikers and historians despaired that
cleanup could take years and cost $6 million, but a freak 2004
rainstorm swept away most of the debris. The waterfalls Moss Grotto,
Ribbon Rock, Grand Chasm, Lodged Boulder, Roaring Rift and Thalehaha
re-emerged largely unscathed.
The cleanup will include blowing up large boulders and distributing the chunks throughout the canyon.
Remnants of the railway, a pioneering
hydroelectric plant and buildings constructed as a circa-1890s tourist
attraction by promoter Thaddeus S.C. Lowe , will be preserved in an
effort to have the site included in the National Register of Historic
Places, U.S. Forest Service ranger Marty Dumpis said.
"I have decided to lay down the sword
for the time being and accept Ranger Dumpis' invitation to become
involved in the restoration," said environmental activist Paul Ayers,
who has led the Rubio Canyon restoration campaign.
The Mount Lowe Railway carried more
than 3 million riders during the 41 years it operated, starting in
1893. Its narrow-gauge cars clung to the mountain along a 3½-mile route.
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