The Grand Opera House
By Jake Brouwer
The curtain opens to our paper play, presenting to you yet
another scene, an all but obscure segment, in the life and times of our Scenic Mt. Lowe
Railroad. Our star in this play is the Pasadena Grand Opera
House and leading character is Thaddeus Sobieski Coulincourt Lowe. This is just another
chapter in the life of a diverse individual of vision few Pasadeneans are even aware of.
The Grand Opera House, conceived in the boom years of the
1880's, was supported greatly by local residents in dire want of a better cultural life
more fitting with their social and artistic standing.
The Grand Opera House Company was formed on 3/21/1887 by E.
C. Webster, Senator L. J. Rose, F. M. Ward, and Roscoe Thomas. A prime motive the
corporation had for building the opera house was their interest in developing lands on
South Raymond Ave. A site was settled on at the Southwest corner of Bellview Dr. And
Raymond Ave. By June of the same year the ground was being graded and the three feet thick
cement foundations being laid.
Lean times came to be in 1888 and despite a certain amount
of trouble between the owners and contractors, mostly about money and availability of
materials, the building neared completion. The Board of Trade pamphlet of 1888 said
"Among the finest of new buildings that attract attention is an opera house which is
now nearly completed." In fact of the two million dollars spent that year on building
improvements in the city, the Grand Opera House was the largest single expenditure coming
in at over $125,000.
Finally, on February 13, 1889, with the whole town buzzing
with expectancy, the Grand Opera House held its first performance. Perhaps the best
performance that night was the house itself, for the majestic building was the epitome of
The building was done in Moorish architecture, a style
popular if the times. Ornately decorated with bronze and guilt, the opera house offered
beauty rarely seen before. The very best of carpenters, artisans, and mechanical
specialists were brought in to spare no expense in providing Pasadena with
a world class opera house.
Seating capacity was 1500 of which 900 seats were on the
main floor and 600 were in the balcony. The main floor seats were on tiers that raised 18
inches for each row affording all the best of views. The folding back chairs were not only
cushioned but held hat and umbrella racks.
After being ushered to their seats the patrons feasted
their eyes upon the luxurious drop curtain. The scene depicted was an inner courtyard of a
Moorish palace, much like the Alhambra,
complete with musicians playing tunes on a large carpet while a group of beautiful women
watches one of their number dance. Before the chandeliers dim the frescos on the ceiling
would catch the viewer's eye.
Finally the curtain opened on the first presentation of the
opera house. The play was Myneer Jan, and according to critics of the day not even the
thespian fairies would be able to save it. The largest and most fashionable audience ever
assembled in Pasadena was about to witness a play that certainly was not befitting an
The leading character was a substitute and though pretty
and graceful, she tripped in her musical lines. A little soubrette miss Clara Lane was so
cruelly hoarse she made no attempt to sing hoping for sympathy from the audience. The
choruses were in good form and the orchestra secured from Los Angeles made a good showing.
Although opening night was not the best performance wise,
the house was indeed packed and this encouraged the managers of the opera house to secure
the best theatrical entertainment in the country.
Before long they signed the very popular Madam
Helena Modjeska who was undergoing contract disputes on the East coast. Shortly
before agreeing to come to the Pasadena Grand Opera House she had signed a contract with a
Philadelphia firm for 30 weeks at a salary of $35,000.
||Madam Helena Modjeska starred in Mary Stuart
and Camille in the early days of the Grand Opera House
Madam Modjeska gave two sterling
performances, Mary Stuart and Camille. Both were played to packed houses and the great
actress was accorded grand ovations. Unfortunately for Pasadena these were probably the
two last great performances at the opera house.
In the months to come scheduled performances were mediocre
and soon audiences began to thin out. Los Angeles was providing better entertainment and
theater trains were set up to transport locals into Los Angeles. Many stars requested
guarantees before appearing at the Grand Opera House.
During 1890 the opera house steadily declined. Many thought
it was because of being too far from the center of town. Others complained there was no
heat causing uncomfortable situations for its patrons. Location, amenities, and plain old
financial troubles caused the Opera House to be in a woeful condition by the end of 1890.
The opera house was closed and bids were sought for its demolition and resale of the
fixtures and furniture. By May of 1891 the Grand Opera House Company was bankrupt.
In the meantime our Professor Lowe, a many faceted man, was
looking for an office building to house his various enterprises. He looked at the opera
house as a business investment. It was quite suitable for storing and manufacturing many
of the lighter class of goods used in connection with his fuels for illuminants. In
addition it would provide suitable office space.
In mid 1891 Thaddeus Lowe successfully negotiated with
Senator Rose and the Ward brothers for the purchase of the Grand Opera House at a greatly
reduced bankruptcy price. He used his own money which really opened Pasadena's eyes to the
things this individual was able to do.
Quickly Lowe set out remodeling the Opera House to
accommodate his various holdings. Engineer David Macpherson had offices up on the second
floor and drafting rooms were set up for the mountain railway. Lowe had an office on the
first floor and planned to sell tickets from it for his scenic railroad.
Much of the space was to be used for housing the various
goods involved with Lowe's gas and electric patents. The Pasadena Gas and Electric Light
Co. had its showroom at the Opera House displaying a large assortment of gas cooking and
heating stoves, bath boiler heaters, gas fixtures, hotel ranges, large house and church
heaters, confectioners' stoves, laundry appliances, waffle cookers, and nursery burners. A
notice was also posted that gas engines were furnished for all purposes.
Lowe, in his remodeling
plans added his Lowe System of gas heating to the opera house. Professor Lowe's
son Thad Jr. was for years one of one of his fathers closest companions. Through those
years he learned a great deal about the gas business and was made Secretary and General
Manager of the gas portion of the business.
Thad Jr. also had a keen interest in dramatics and before
long he was manager of the Opera House which his father kept in operation. Professor Lowe
made sundry improvements to render the interior more attractive and more advantageous to
having other events. He enlarged the stage and made a portable floor so that when it met
the stage it provided a level floor over the entire room, so that it could be used for
fairs, balls, and other similar entertainment.
Once again the Grand Opera House became for a short time a
center of community pride. Community shows were put on starring local talent along with a
wider variety of entertainment. Minstrel acts and vaudeville shows were put on along with
pageants and even graduations. On occasion the hall also held lectures and hosted in the
south hall societies such as Odd Fellows, Masons, and Knights of Pythias.
Architectural conception of the
proposed hotel and opera house by L.F. Kwiatkowski
In September of 1897 the Professor contacted C. F. Bean
about a loan of $15,000 to convert the Opera House to full hotel facilities, adding two
stories allowing for over 300 rooms. Plans were drawn up by Pasadena architect L. F.
Kwiatkowski but Lowe's Grand plan did not materialize.
Rough times were coming financially for the Professor. The scenic
Mt Lowe railroad was taking much more money than expected and Lowe defaulted on
the mortgage loan of his Orange Grove home and the Grand Opera House. The properties were
foreclosed on and sold at auction.
In the coming years the property changed hands a number of
times, later becoming the Auditorium with fine hotel and eating facilities.
By 1926 the grand old building known as the Grand Opera
House had been razed and was eventually used by Royal Laundry as their factory and
Information on the Grand Opera House was exceedingly thin.
There were large gaps where little or no information was afforded the author. Any further
information anyone may have would be appreciated.
Collecting Mt. Lowe Postcards
By Jake Brouwer
It was John Robinson's book Trails
of the Angeles that led me to discover Mt. Lowe and the hidden treasures below, Echo
Mt. and Rubio Canyon. John's great description draws the hiker to the mountain and then
Professor Lowe's magic begins to take over.
For me, that was in 1991. Perhaps the Professor's wand was
working overtime that wonderful day I hiked the mountain, for I've been bit by a bug that
just won't let go.
In my early quest for knowledge and information about Mt.
Lowe I turned to a hobby that millions of Americans have followed since right about the
time the Mount Lowe Railroad opened, namely postcards.
Postcards were first widely distributed in the United
States at the Columbian
Exposition in Chicago, 1893. Let me note here that 1893 was the year the Mt. Lowe
Railroad opened and the Exposition was the first public appearance of what was billed as
"the worlds most powerful searchlight," later purchased by the Professor.
were quite the fad in Europe for many years and America was quick to follow suit. In 1898
the Private Mailing Card Act opened the U. S. Market to great competition for publishers
who created the cards. They offered pictures of places, called views, along with holiday
greetings, artist's renditions, and topicals, which could be a picture of just about
anything from alligators to zeppelins.
From the late 1890's to the early 1920's collecting
postcards became the rage in America. Although the population of the United States in 1908
was only 88 million people, over 677 million cards were mailed! These small 3 1/2 by 5 1/2
picture cards offer up to us our history and heritage with every viewing. Locally we are
blessed to have history abounding and for the readers of this publication we have our
magical Mt. Lowe.
The variety of different Mt. Lowe postcards number in the
hundreds. I have over 210 different cards but have seen at least 20 others I do not have.
I'm not sure where to begin expressing the pleasures I have found in searching for my
collection of Mt. Lowe Postcards. Every time I find myself believing, there just can't be
another different one out there, a box will reveal a jewel I've never before laid eyes
If you've never collected postcards before but would like
to give it a whirl, all you need is a subject and some spare change. Say your subject is
Mt. Lowe and you have a few bucks to spare from this weeks pay check. There are a number
of places you can hunt. Garage sales seldom produce good results, but estate sales in the
Pasadena and Altadena areas will occasionally release a number of good cards from their
dusty storage boxes. Antique stores will on occasion have a box, or more commonly a basket
of postcards. Many times though they are over priced. The Rose Bowl
and Pasadena City College
Swaps and flea markets are excellent sources, but be prepared to spend hours as they cover
a large amount of ground and a wide variety of vendors.
By far your best bet is a postcard show. One in particular
I'll mention is the R & N Postcard Show held at the Elks Hall in Pasadena . At this
show for the small price of $4.00 admission you will have the history of the world laid
out before your eyes in hundreds of storage boxes holding millions of colorful postcards.
Nearly every dealer at the show has the cards separated in categories and the prices are
neatly posted in pencil on the back.
The dealers are great because they expect you to look and
browse through their merchandise. Chairs are provided just for that purpose so you can
relax. Look for the divider card that says Mt. Lowe and get set to view our beloved
mountain in views from 1893 till its final demise in the 30's.
Most Mt. Lowe postcards run from $2-4.00 although as with
any collectable an unusual card can fetch as much as $75.00. I would have to say that 3/4s
of my collection were bought for under $5.00 each.
Some of the dealers provide boxes of unsorted cards for 25
cents to a dollar. Looking through these can be very time consuming but sometimes the
rewards are great. At the last show I attended I exhausted all of my regular sources and
decided to sit at one of these boxes of jumbled up cards. I asked if there was a
possibility of finding any Mt. Lowe cards and the response back was, "sure."
When I finished I had pulled out over 50 Mt. Lowe cards! Only five were not already in my
collection. I asked for a price and was told $5.00, as they were all a buck each. As I
walked from the table I had a huge smile on my face. One of the cards was fairly rare
showing an open air rail car in a spot photos were normally taken from a different
direction. In addition on the back a woman was depicted in Victorian dress. The copyright
of the card was 1908 but the photo shot I'm sure was pre-1900. To me the card was worth
Remember there are many areas of the Mt. Lowe Railroad to
collect so you can specialize in one area and then move onto the next or tackle the whole
railroad at once buying what you can afford. Luckily for me the card shows are spaced out
every few months so I can save up for new cards and organize my collection in my spare
The dealers also offer plastic pages to protect and
preserve your collection.
What a perfect way to view the mountain as it used to be in
all it's glory. Travel through Rubio Canyon, to the Incline, and upward to Echo Mt. Be
sure to check out the Observatory and the searchlight before you hop on board the Alpine
Division headed to Ye Alpine Tavern. Along the way you'll pass through the many wondrous
canyons, cross Circular Bridge, and stop for a photo opportunity at Granite Gate. Once at
the tavern you can check out the dining room for a scrumptious lunch or sit by the great
fireplace. Afterwards it might be a novel idea to ride a mule on up to the top of Mt. Lowe
or head on over to Inspiration Point. That's right you can see it all in postcards. I hope
you all enjoy the journey back in time.
Anyone needing help getting started, feel free to call me
at xxx-xxx-xxxx or e-mail me at email@example.com.
You can also write to the paper at Land~Sea Discovery Group, PO Box 401904,
Hesperia, Ca. 92340. I will be happy to answer any questions.
Mt. Lowe Trails
Canyon and the Mt. Lowe Railway
by Paul Ayers,
Scenic Mount Lowe Historical Committee
Rubio Canyon takes its name from Jesus Rubio, a squatter
who began farming near the mouth of the canyon in 1867. Prior to this time, the canyon had
probably seen little of man; the Native
Americans who lived in the area did not like to go into the smaller
canyons at the front of the San Gabriels for fear of bears.
Rubio farmed the land for some years as there was an
abundance of water available for irrigation. A Dr. Hall bought the property when Rubio
moved to Duarte in 1877, but he passed away two years later. His widow sold the land to
the famous Altadena pioneers, the Woodbury brothers, in 1880. The land was in Woodbury
hands at the time Professor Lowe was granted a right of way into the canyon in 1891.
Professor Lowe had always planned to run his mountain
railway through Rubio Canyon, even when the projected terminus of the line was Mt. Wilson.
When the Mt. Wilson franchise was denied to him, Professor Lowe and his engineer, David J.
Macpherson, decided to end the conventional trolley
line in Rubio and link the canyon with Echo Mountain by way of a cable incline railway.
In early 1893, rails were laid to the base of the Incline.
There, a station where passengers would change from Altadena-based trolleys and board the
Incline cars was build. This station was called the Rubio Pavilion. On July 4, 1893, the
Incline was opened from the Pavilion to Echo Mountain.
Over the years there were substantial changes to the
Railway's operation in Rubio. Originally the Pavilion was a three story affair with a
hotel, a dining room and dance hall. Due to declining profitability, the hotel and dining
room were closed in 1903. It appears from contemporary photographs that the lowest level
of the Pavilion was removed at about the same time.
Then, in February 1909, the entire original pavilion
structure was destroyed in a gigantic rock avalanche. This disaster resulted in the line's
only fatality, the death of the Rubio Pavilion's station agent's five-year old son.
The Pavilion was replaced by a plain, barn-like train shed
erected by the Pacific Electric, which
had obtained the line in 1902. From 1909 on, Rubio became a mere stopover for passengers
changing from interurban cars to the incline railway.
Another great change in Rubio resulted from the 1903-1904
modernization of the Altadena-Rubio right-of-way by the Pacific Electric. Professor Lowe
and Engineer Macpherson, faced with the extraordinarily expensive task of building the
Railway, had cut corners by taking the "path of least resistance" in laying line
in Rubio. The result was a right-of-way full of curves and trestles.Pacific Electric
substantially straightened the right-of-way and replaced most of the trestles with dirt
fill and culverts. It also converted the track to standard gauge and installed a small car
storage yard just below the Pavilion.
The Railway lasted forty-three years plagued throughout by
natural disasters, declining profitability (exacerbated in later years by the
Great Depression) and, ultimately, the disinterest of the Pacific Electric. Shortly
after the last hotel on the line, the Alpine Tavern, burned down in 1936, Pacific Electric
gained approval from the State Railway Commission to abandon the line. The Rubio train
shed, already partially destroyed as a result of the historic rainstorm of March 1938, was
pulled down in 1939. The rails were removed in 1941 as part of a wartime-scrap steel
drive. Since that time the remaining artifacts have been buried, washed away, burned up or
removed by scavengers and Rubio Canyon has faded into quiet obscurity.
Today, Rubio offers a number of pleasant surprises to the
railway archeologist. Surviving artifacts of the railway include ties, trestle abutments
and rock retaining walls. At the side of the Pavilion, concrete supports and walls are
Unfortunately, due to neglect of the trail, travel along
the remaining portions of the right of way has become treacherous. In fact, just recently,
an experienced member of the Historical Committee working in the canyon was seriously
injured in a fall. Further, many of the remaining artifacts of the railway are endangered
It is vital that action be taken to preserve the right of
way and other artifacts in the canyon. Anyone interested in assisting the committee in its
work in this regard is encouraged to contact the author at his day-time phone number -
The California Poppy
By Jake Brouwer
the early days of Pasadena and Altadena, the hills and fields below the foot of Echo
Mountain were covered with poppies much to the delight of all who laid eyes on them. The
Spanish whilst sailing up and down the newly discovered coast, looked inland and saw the
flame of orange red poppies spread upon the hillsides. This was The "land of
fire." They said the alter-cloth of San Pascal was spread upon the hills and with
devotional spirit the explorers withdrew from their ships to worship on the shore.
It is difficult now to recognize the area these golden flowers
of California once inhabited. Perhaps a street called Poppyfield Drive is not just a
pleasing name dreamed up by developers, but a clue to a scene pictured on a postcard
dating to the early 1900's.
Now, on occasion, in the canyons leading away from the
dense populace of our foothills, a golden flower will open in the waxing sunshine of the
morning, in amongst the stark contrast of yucca and decaying granite. When in competition
with grasses and other herb as in the wilds of Rubio, there is often but one slender stem
bearing a single blossom at its tip. Quite often this may be the only thing of this
unequaled beauty on a long stretch of trail. It may be the only poppy
you see that day.
In 1903 the California Poppy was so popular it became the
state flower. It was given the generic name Eschscholtzia Californica taken from J. F.
Eschscholtzia of Kotzebue's scientific expedition. Other names given by the Spanish seem
more appropriate, names like "amapola," "torosa,"
"dormidera," and "copo de oro," which means "cup of gold."
"Dormidera," or the "sleepy one" is
also a quite fitting name as the blossoms open in the brightening morning sun, unless the
day is cool when a noon awakening is appropriate. On chilly or foggy mornings the
"sleepy one" may not get up at all, choosing instead to remain closed until the
sun comes out again.
The California Poppy's colors range from white to pink, all
shades of yellow from pale lemon to bright canary, and a deep orange red. Its finely cut
foliage is gray-green. The stem is often 12 to 18 inches in height topped by flowers 2 to
3 inches across, with 4 saucer shaped petals. Its deep taproots allow these plants to
survive several seasons.
Some Indians were said to boil the plant, or roast it on
hot stones, to later eat it as a green. A drug was made of the plant and used in medicine
as a remedy for headache and insomnia. The early Spanish Californians made a hair oil by
frying the entire plant in olive oil and then adding some choice perfume.
legend says the presence of gold in the earth is due to the petals that have fallen
year after year and sank into the soil. As it may well have been, considering the amount
of wealth now on this once called alter-cloth of gold, San Pascal.
The Wonders of Rubio Canyon
By Jake Brouwer
The mildly rising path that leads the way to the moss
covered foundations of Rubio Pavilion, is lined on either side in the most precarious of
spots, by the yucca known as the "Spanish Dagger." A trip down this seemingly
gentle trail, though one can be exceedingly careful, is not to be completed without
experiencing the piercing prick of this menacing dagger's blade.
Visitors to the wonders of Rubio Canyon in days long gone
by, were privileged to ride the rails over the gaping gorges that today's hearty hikers
must prudently scramble. Passing through sycamores, maples, and grand twisted oaks, eager explorers
of the canyon today can witness nature's readjustment after humanities forty years of
attempting to tame the wilds.
Once through the last passageway of decaying granite walls,
the location of Rubio's Pavilion comes into view. If you have witnessed any of the
Pavilion's picturesque photos of the past, you may now close your eyes and envision the
humming activity of holiday crowds as they prepare for a day of fun and frolic along the
fern flanked plank ways leading from the hotel.
As twilight descended upon the canyon, couples would stroll
past the grottos and grand chasms, charmingly lit by Chinese lanterns, winding their way
up and over series of waterfalls, that today are mostly inaccessible.
This being a wondrous and romantic prelude to an elegant
dinner and finally that long anticipated thrill ride, ascending in a white chariot fifteen
hundred feet towards the stars.
My heart quickens, thinking of the grand spectacle it must
have been and upon opening my eyes once more to the reality of this Rubio Canyon, I can
only sigh in sadness that I was born one hundred years too late.
News of our readers
Thanks to Gary Boen for sending in copies
of telegrams sent by various persons to Professor T. S. C. Lowe regarding balloon
accessions during the Civil
War. These are a fascinating part of our American history.
Thanks to Kirk Myers for sending out to
LSDG copies of the 1894 and 1903 editions of the Sanborn Maps showing the location and
layout of the Pasadena Grand Opera House.
Thanks to Gary Mendes and the folks at AAAIM for the fine job on the Echo Mtn. Echoes
Some of our readers hail all the way from Rockford IL. Bud
Reed and family moved away in 1966 but still have the ties to Mt. Lowe. They
occasionally get back to hike the trails. Bud has a postcard collection of over 210 Mt.
Lowe cards and his daughter Sarah has over 40. Bud has been most generous with
contributions to the paper. Thanks Bud.
I met with Mr. Ralph E. Melching In
December of 1996 at the Pacific Railroad Museum in San Dimas. We spent an
hour or so looking at my collection of photos, some of which were part of the Railroad
Boosters trip up the mountain in 1936 of which Mr. Melching was a part of. He had some
interesting stories to tell. Try and get over to see the museum when you can.
On December 7, 1996 the SMLHC and forestry
volunteers gathered at the fire road around 7:30 AM. It seemed there
were at least 18 hardy souls ready for Operation Armature. This 300 pound artifact of the
railroad was to be retrieved by the group and hauled up to Echo. Only problem was it was
off the side of the cliff! After considerable hard work the team made it to the artifact
and succeeded in moving the deadweight object close to a trail for final retrieval at a
later date. An unscheduled acrobatic display was provided at one point by Brian
Marcroft and first timer Mike Post. Mike's triple roll, double
twist, half turn took the "gosh, I wish I had that on film award!" After the
grueling workout over the side at Echo, most of us took a break near the powerhouse site
and observed quite a few hikers and visitors to the area. A few local scouts managed also
to get a lesson it historical preservation courtesy of the SMLHC.
Thanks to Ron Jasinski for his extra
efforts in getting subscribers for the paper and keeping me posted on things in general.
The Scenic Mt. Lowe Historical Committee
invited a small group of people to a pot-luck dinner Feb 6th at the Oak Grove Ranger
Station. About 33 folks showed up and had a variety of tasty portions provided by the
attendees. Afterwards a slide show was presented by Brian Marcroft
showing the Mt. Lowe Railroad from top to bottom in views from past and present. Two
people who rode the rails back then were in attendance, Silky Grifith and
Jim Spencer. When the slide show was completed a few of us laid out our
collections for all to see. A good time seemed to be had by all. Stay tuned for news of a
similar summer event that perhaps more can attend.
Sad to report that the fierce
winds this past season caused a good deal of damage to the shingles on
the Ramada at Inspiration Point. Needless to say this
will have to be repaired with more volunteer labor over roughly a day and a half. The
committees funds are getting quite low so if you can help in any way by a contribution or
materials please let us know.
Welcome to Micheal Patris, an avid
collector that I bumped into at an Image show. Micheal found out at the pot-luck that
there are a lot of "Mt. Lowe Nuts" out there collecting memorabilia. That was a
fine showing of spoons Micheal!
On Saturday, February 8, 1997 SMLHC member, Lee
Varnum was seriously injured while walking through Rubio Canyon. Some portions of
this historic trail have become quite treacherous and it is advised to use extreme care if
you attempt to hike this trail. Lee was airlifted by helicopter to Huntington
Memorial Hospital where he was diagnosed as having a broken hip. Our hearts and
thoughts go out to Lee.
February 8, 1997 found a hearty group taking a breather on
the lower end of the Macpherson Trestle abutment. Led by Brian
Marcroft, the group included Eric Sauppe, Kent Hamel, Bill Ferguson,
Robert Wilde, John Harrigan, Scott Neilson and Jake Brouwer. The
scenery from this vantage point was awesome.
Jesse Perez and father-in-law Jake
Brouwer took the hike to the summit of Mt. Lowe 2/16/97. It was a first for both.
The day was crystal clear and ALL of the city could be seen. The panoramic view was as
unequalled that day as the two had ever seen. At the summit view tubes were still in place
as well as a hitching post and the flag pole. We had a good view also of the Ramada,
tennis courts, Fox Farm, and Granite Gate.
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Well, here we are again. This is to be our second year publishing Echo
Mtn. Echoes and I hope the paper is meeting your expectations. I would like to thank all
of you who subscribed to the paper and sent in your kind words of support. As for the rest
of you, I know the subscription form is sitting on your desk waiting to be sent in and you
haven't gotten around to mailing it, or perhaps you've simply misplaced it. In any case,
if you have an issue marked COMPLIMENTARY COPY, this means I do not have your subscription
and this may be the last issue you will receive by mail. Don't miss out on what's to come
as the year moves on. As subscriptions rise I expect printing quality to improve as well
as the amount of information we can bring you.
If anyone has writing talents they would like to share, please drop us a
line, especially if your talents are in the field of local history, hiking, botany,
mountain biking, or astronomy.
So, I'm really looking forward to quite a few days up on the mountain this
year, how about you? Rubio Canyon, Millard Falls,
Dawn Mine, Echo, Inspiration Point are all there for us all to enjoy. Drift back 100 years
when you visit the mountain and just marvel at the accomplishments of the men and women of
this era. ED.
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