Thanks to Easter
being on April 7th the monthly PCC Swap Meet was held
on March 30 ,1996. I parked in the garage parking lot
and started in the rows nearest the street. I went up
on aisle and down the next peeking into boxes
containing photographs and books. After finishing in
the first section all I had to show for my trouble
was an early photo of Montezuma's Castle circa 1930,
which I bought for $3.00.
In the next section
I bought two travel books, Wallace Bruce's HUDSON
1894 complete with maps and Hamilton's NEW
BRUNSWICK and it's SCENERY dated 1874 with real
photos of the era pasted in. Both books were two
bucks each. These were nice finds but not Mount Lowe.
Finally a few hours
after starting I found myself in the last row of the
last section. As I walked up to the last booth I saw
an old gentleman writing a check for a photo of a car
on what looked like Mt. Lowe? I peered over his
shoulder, saw the was for @20 and the photo was
indeed Mt. Lowe. The vendor stated he had more if the
gentleman cared to see them. For whatever reason he
passed and I asked to see what he had. The vendor
reached behind his table and off the back of his
pickup truck he pulled a file and handed it to me.
Before my eyes was
the most amazing group of pictures I'd found in a
long time. I took a few brief minutes to fully
evaluate what I had found and then asked the magic
question? "Can you make me a deal for the
all?" I was very pleased to get a 15% discount.
The vendor was kind enough to hold them while I ran
down to the ATM to get the cash
Once home I took
out my purchase and admired it piece by piece.
1. The Goodrich
Magazine, October 1915. This info magazine of
the time had an article titled "From the Canyon
Depths to Mountain Top A thrill a Minute-- Where
Tires Had to Hold." The article tells how
F.L. Wing, the Metz Auto agent in Los Angeles loaded
the Metz onto a flatcar and had it hauled up the
Incline of the Mt. Lowe Railroad. Then he proceeded
to take off up the tracks five miles to the Alpine
Tavern! What a thrill that must have been, especially
on the Circular Bridge!
2. A copy of the Mount
Lowe Daily News dated June 22, 1915. These
papers are good find as finds go but this one
mentions in the visitors section the event of the day
which was the auto trip of Mr. Wing to the top of Mt.
Lowe. It states he was delivering the car to Tavern
manager Mr. H. B. Brown.
3. An original
photo almost exactly like the cover of Railway to
the Clouds, the exception being P.E. car NO.
4. Another similar
shot from a higher position above the Circular
5. A snow covered
trestle and tracks.
6. A Charles
Lawrence photo as show on the bottom of page 177 Railway
to the Clouds.
7. 8 photos showing
the Metz agent Mr. Wing in various stages of the trip
up the mountain, four of which show the car on the
tracks! Two similar photos are on page 203 of Railway
to the Clouds.
8. A great photo of
the Metz on the Circular Bridge.
9. The Metz parked
in front of the Alpine Tavern.
10. Two photos
showing "Lodge at Mt. Lowe." (???) One
shows the Metz in front of the lodge and the other
shows Mr. Wing's daughter in a staged photo of the
car being driven out of the lodge's fireplace. (???)
I need help on these two.