PROFESSOR THADDEUS LOWE

MOUNT LOWE RAILWAY

With the completion of the Pasadena & Los Angeles Electric Railway in 1895, Professor Lowe had a direct connection between Altadena and Los Angeles. Mount Lowe trains used this line (later to become Pacific Electric's South Pasadena Line) until after Henry Huntington completed his route to Monrovia and Glendora in 1902-1903. At Oneonta Park, a straight extension was made to downtown Pasadena. This became known as the Pasadena Short Line. Mount Lowe trains used this route on the return trip, although as early as 1924 certain evening outbound trains (canyon bound) operated over the Short Line. On January 2, 1924, both in and outbound Mount Lowe trains used the Short Line. It ran from the 6th and Main Street Terminal to Valley Junction (3.13 miles). From Valley Junction the line followed along a double-track system to Indian Village (4.49 miles), where a four-track system began, continuing through Sierra Vista (7.92 miles) to Oneonta Park (8.31 miles). At this junction the Short Line turned north to downtown Pasadena (9.45 miles). Mount Lowe trains continued up Fair Oaks Avenue to Mariposa, swung east to Lake Avenue (17.74 miles), then north on Lake to Newkirk, then onto private right-of-way to Rubio (19.51 miles). Mount Lowe, Railway in the Clouds, p. 153.

Railway & Incline Construction

Before Rubio Canyon

Rubio Canyon

Rubio Pavilion

The Great Incline

The Chalet Hotel

Echo Mountain

Echo Mountain House

Echo Mountain Powerhouse

Echo Mountain Searchlight

Echo Mountain Zoo

Lowe Observatory

Alpine Division Start

Las Flores Canyon

Millard Canyon - Horse Shoe Curve

Circular Bridge

Granite Gate

Ye Alpine Tavern

Beyond Alpine Tavern

Mt. Lowe Advertisements

Postcards from Mt. Lowe

Mount Lowe Echo Weekly Newspaper - 1894

Mount Lowe Echo Weekly Newspaper - 1895

Locomotive Engineers Journal - 1896

Great Incline on Opening Day - July 4, 1893

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Message of Mount Lowe by James G. Clark - May 22, 1894

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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