PROFESSOR THADDEUS LOWE

MOUNT LOWE RAILWAY

Echo Mountain

Even after the decision to build to Echo Mountain instead of Mount Wilson, Lowe had no clear idea of where his railroad would go next. As it turned out, his choice was an exceedingly fortunate one. The summit of Echo Mountain was the most perfect site imaginable for a hotel. Two hotels and a number of other attractions were planned for Echo Mountain. Mount Lowe, The Railway in the Sky page 41.

(Courtesy of the Brian Marcroft)

Note: Thaddeus Lowe is second from left.

On the mountain, there was much to do and see, even for those who did not care to hike or ride horses. Two ornamental fountains were installed, one on the west side of Echo Mountain, the other on the east, near the Chalet. They were powered by electric pumps which threw such a vigorous spray of water into the air that unwary tourists, unaccustomed to the gusty winds which prevailed at the higher elevations, were frequently drenched. Mount Lowe, The Railway in the Sky page 76.

Echo Mountain in the 1890s from hiking trail (Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library)

Echo Mountain in the 1890s from hiking trail (Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library)

Echo Mountain in the 1890s from hiking trail (Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library)

Echo Mountain in the 1890s from hiking trail (Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library)

Echo Mountain in later years from hiking trail (Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library)

Echo Mountain in later years from hiking trail (Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library)


INDEX PAGE

BEFORE THE WAR

CIVIL WAR YEARS

INVENTIONS AND INDUSTRY

NORRISTOWN PENNSYLVANIA YEARS

PASADENA CALIFORNIA YEARS

MOUNT LOWE RAILWAY

AFTER THE RAILWAY

LOWE FAMILY

BOOKS ABOUT LOWE

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

EVENTS AND REUNIONS

ARTIFACTS AND HISTORY

ENCYCLOPEDIA BIOGRAPHY

ACCLAMATIONS AND AWARDS

LINKS TO OTHER THADDEUS LOWE WEBSITES