Visit To Alpine Tavern
By Jake Brouwer
A visit to Alpine Tavern is nothing like it used to be
cept for the feeling you get when you arrive. By foot its a long haul from the
metropolis below and a welcome place to rest your weary bones in the shade of the grand
old oaks and pines that surround the vicinity. If you arrive via the upper trails
its a three-mile hike to the tavern site and it still warmly receives any fatigued
visitor. The Mt. Lowe Trail Campground now occupies the site of the famous Alpine Tavern,
a fine spot to camp or rest as you traverse the trails by foot or mountain bike.
Of course it wasnt always that way. For nearly forty-one years
folks had the opportunity to ride the electric
rails from Echo Mountain to Ye Alpine Tavern.
After the hair-lifting journey up the incline folks would settle back in their
seats to enjoy the ride, for what could be more thrilling than the incline? They would
find that out soon enough as the trolley wound round the curves of Las Flores Canyon,
crossing trestles that looked flimsy from a distance, like a spiders
finely spun thread. Alternating emotions of happiness and horror, ecstasy and dread as the
trolley passed perpendicular cliffs and then, what is this? CIRCULAR BRIDGE? "Oh no,
what have we gotten ourselves into" passengers might have thought to themselves.
Looking over what appeared to be a 2500-foot precipice the rider on the outside seat might
even have had a "white knuckle" experience before reaching the other side of the
Then came Devils Slide and Devils Gate and according to the brochures,
surely this was THE thrill
ride of the day. Finally while the conductors spiel told of the points of interest
ahead, the traveler rounded the last turn and the ride ended in front of Ye Alpine Tavern.
What was needed next was a spot in front of
the grand old fireplace and some restorative food. Ah, safe at last! Of course not all
riders on the Scenic Mt. Lowe Railroad were fainthearted, but they all did enjoy the
opportunity to stop and rest amongst the twisted oaks.
What a concept it was, to travel from the beaches in the morn at Santa
Monica Bay and then on through groves of oranges and finally on up to a fine mountain
chalet, and all in a day! So, it was no wonder that at the end of a long day a place to
rest would be most desirable.
Ye Alpine Tavern came to be as a result Professor Thaddeus Lowes
difficulties in raising the money needed to finish the Alpine Division of his railroad.
Original estimates by the California Construction Company were $200,000.
Unfortunately 1895 was not the best of economic times. Lowe already
mortgaged his beautiful home and Grand Opera House to raise money. Then he came up with
various revenue raising schemes, hoping the publicity and the funds raised would get him
One idea was to bottle and deliver to the masses below, pure Crystal
Springs water. An advertisement from the time said, "This water issues from solid
granite rock, 5,000 feet above sea level, on the west slope of Mount Lowe.
Another scheme was to pick up passengers in Tally-ho coaches, and
deliver them to Altadena Junction in first class style.
At last an idea was formed that brought in some money, the Alpine Club.
The Alpine Club was to be for the benefit of professional and businessmen of the area.
Lowe figured if each member would purchase ten shares of stock at $100.00 each, he would
only need 100 members to reach his desired goals. Instead of paying interest, the members
received transportation and hotel accommodations amounting to 10% of their investment.
The clubhouse was built at Crystal Springs, which became
the terminus for the Alpine Division of the railroad. Only thirty or so memberships were
purchased, but that was more than enough to build what was to be known as Ye Alpine
The architect for the job was Louis F. Kwiatkowski, who also was
involved with the remodeling plans for Lowes Opera House. This original design was
constructed with blocks of granite and Oregon pine finished in the natural color of the
wood. The granite blocks of the foundation would reach up to the windows of the first
The building measured 40 X 80 feet with the main floor used for
dining purposes. It vast room would seat over two hundred people. In the dining room were
five fireplaces, the main one being twelve feet from side to side and seven feet tall. In
each of its corner were stone blocks for seats. Above this grand fireplace hung a
massive oak beam which had the saying, "YE ORNAMENT OF A HOUSE IS YE GUEST WHO DOTH
FREQUENT IT", carved into it. On one side was an old-fashioned brick oven and on the
other side an opening where "mystery" and other fluids are kept for the people
The water from Crystal springs became the water supply for the hotel,
furnishing not only pure water for drinking and bathing but also for heating. In the
winter months most guests would prefer the amenities of the tavern, while for the summer
Lowe planned to build cottages.
On September 26, 1895 Thaddeus Lowe invited the entire Pasadena Chamber
of Commerce, newspaper people, administrators of prominent colleges, and others loyal
to his cause, for the opening ceremonies of Ye Alpine Tavern. The grand event that was
planned to win back the city of Pasadena was held on December 14, 1895. It was a huge
success for the Professor who was the recipient of many toasts and testimonials.
Unfortunately bad financial times for the professor brought the railroad
into receivership and in 1897 J. Sidney Torrance was made sole receiver by the courts.
This was not such a bad thing for Ye Alpine Tavern, for under the prior
management the hotel had fallen into less than desirable condition. Torrance felt that the
tavern needed to accommodate a greater amount of people and set forth enlarging the hotel.
A new 70 X 30 dance hall was added to the east end of the building where an orchestra
played most every day during the summer and weekend and holidays during the rest of the
Fares were lowered to $2.50 for a round
trip visit. Finally the railroad was made available to the masses instead of just the
wealthy. At Ye Alpine Tavern, Torrance had cottages built along the ravines. Traffic to
the tavern started increasing and a third observation car was added to the Alpine
By 1902 Henry Huntington had acquired the holdings of the Pasadena and
Mt. Lowe Railroad as well as the Los Angeles and Pasadena Railroad. The Pacific Electric
Railroad was organized and ran the railroad on Mt Lowe until its demise in 1936.
Due to the loss of buildings
because of fires and windstorms, Echo Mountain soon became a mere transfer point for folks
on the way to Ye Alpine Tavern. Modest alterations in the building were done as the years
rolled on. A porch here, a coat of paint there, but in April of 1925, ceremonies were held
at the tavern to celebrate the finishing of what is known as the concrete annex. This
annex added thirty-one rooms bringing the capacity of the hotel up to one
At this time the name of the tavern was changed to Mt. Lowe Tavern. The
grand Swiss styled structure at the terminus of the railway had been successfully
transformed into a hotel with the most modern of amenities. New handsome furniture adorned
the rooms while the rockers by the great fireplace now took on an upholstered leather
look. Rooms had hot and cold running water and private baths. For those wishing to keep in
touch with friends back home, long distance telephones were provided, as well as two
mailings a day for the Mt. Lowe Post Office. Daily newspapers were delivered as well as
the Mt. Lowe Daily News, which had its offices at the tavern.
The cottages were also upgraded. There were
now some forty cottages and one six room bungalow. Some were housekeeping cottages, for
those who wanted the rustic of the mountains. These tent cottages had gas stoves and
kitchens equipped to cook any meal. A shoppe on the main floor of the hotel supplied food.
There was a change of linen weekly and a change of towels daily. Tables had oilcloth
covers and for a nominal charge napkins and paper tablecloths could be obtained at the
store. Shower bathes were free, but hot bathes were thirty-five cents. Patrons could use
the laundry free and then rent an electric iron for fifteen cents.
The hotel dining room was famed for its fresh meats, fruits and
vegetables. Choice wines and liquors were available for those that desired them.
and other amusements were provided free for the hotel guests as well as guests in the
cottages. A circulating library kept the readers in the group busy evenings while others
might have listened to the phonograph in the music room.
Perhaps my favorite spot in the hotel would have been the souvenir stand
near the lobby. Here a guest could purchase a postcard to send along to a friend or
perhaps a sterling silver souvenir spoon. Charles Lawrence also took many fine photographs
of the mountain resort, which were for sale there.
From the tavern innumerable scenic trails led in all directions. The
closest trip was to Inspiration Point, just one half mile away. From here one could view
up to 56 cities and the island of Catalina.
A small railroad started at Inspiration Point called the OM& M, which stood for one
man and a mule. I t was run by a man named Zetterwall who lived at the tavern.
depression the number of round trips on the line were dropped and the prices reduced to
$1.00. For $4.50 you could get a room, two meals and the round trip.
By 1935 the OM & M was shutdown and the searchlight was put out.
On September 15th 1936 a fire broke out in the hotel during
the evening destroying nearly everything. Over 100 people helped to fight the fire and no
one was hurt.
In 1941 the property at the tavern was sold to the government and became
part of the Angeles National Forest.
March of 1959 the shell of the annex building was dynamited along with
the great fireplace and the foundations of the old hotel.
Off of the souvenir stands of Ye Alpine Tavern thousands of
postcards were bought and mailed all across the country, making them one of the most
easily collectable items of the Mt. Lowe Railroad.
One of the more elusive items sold from the glass cases were souvenir
spoons. I have no idea what they would have sold for back in those days but in California
over the last six years prices average at around $60.00.
Where do you look for them? Swap meets like PCC or the Rosebowl
but you better get an early start. Antique stores are the best source, but expect to pay
the price. In a 50-mile radius from Pasadena expect to pay top dollar for a Mt. Lowe
Spoon. Out of town you will find them much more affordable but they are fewer and farther
apart. Railroad shows are another good source, but again, in town you will pay more than
at an out of town or state show.
there are at least 60 different spoons depicting Mt. Lowe, however there may be as many as
90. Quite a few spoons will feature more than one site on it. For example the bowl may
feature the Incline and the stem may have a Mission
or another of Los Angeless popular attractions. These are not quite as popular but
still sought after. Values $25-60.00.
The fun part is in the hunt, so get out there and enjoy yourself.
An Ethno-Botanical Tour of Mt. Lowe
and the surrounding area
Because of my proximity to the front country of the Angeles National
Forest, the first place my brother and I regularly hiked to was Echo Mountain. Gradually,
wed extend the length of our hikes and get up to the Mount Lowe Camp area via the
old electric train route, or the Sam Merril Trail, or via Castle Canyon.
Ive always enjoyed the peaceful solitude when camping at the site of Ye Alpine
Tavern. There is a unique atmospere there, where a small trickle of a stream babbles by,
where an assortment of mountain birds provide music, and where you can examine numerous
foundations and walls from the Great Hiking Era. It is also a wonderful place to study
those unique plants which provided food and medicine to past generations of Native
On one summer day in the late 60s, I was sitting with my hiking companion at the old
foundation for the Inspiration Point pavillion about a quarter-mile east of Mt. Lowe Camp,
when another hiker came by. This other hiker began to tell us about how he had studied the
wild foods with Native Americans in Northern California, and furthermore, he said that
virtually all those foods that sustained past generations are still all around us. I
continued to think about what he had said after I went home, and I decided to learn about
all those wild plants that local Indians had once used for food.
It turns out that there are many useful and edible plants in the vicinity of Mt. Lowe
Campground and the Inspiration Point pavillion.
Numerous large oaks are found in this area, mostly canyon live oaks, but others as
well. The acorns from all species were an important food source in past days, used
somewhat like we may use potatoes today. Acorns are collected in the fall, and the rinds
are then peeled. The acorn meat must then be leached to eliminate the bitter tannic acid
and there are many possible ways to do this If youre out camping, you can boil the
peeled acorns for about 30 minutes to an hour, regularly changing the water. They are done
when you dont taste bitterness. The acorns can then be cooked in soups or stews, or
ground into flour to make bread or pancakes.
Pine trees are also found on the north-facing hills. The needles of all species can be
simmered in water to make a vitamin-C rich tea that has a strong medicinal flavor. When
the cones mature in fall, they open and drop their black seeds. These seeds are delicious
and oily, and can be used by themselves, or added to various dishes such as rice or
Bay trees are unmistakable -- the strong odor of the crushed leaf is potent. These
leafs have long been used as a cooking spice. Native Americans used it to make a medicinal
tea. Also, the nuts which fall in autumn are also edible. They are a bit astringent raw,
so the thin shell must be peeled, and then they are boiled or roasted before eating.
Toyon is a valuble tree because the orange-red fruit mature mostly in the dead of
winter when no other food is available. The fruits are not eaten raw, but are cooked or
dried. The dried fruits make good raisins, and can be ground and used as a sweet flour, or
as a sugar. The fruit can be boiled to make a jam or a dessert item, and there are
countless recipes for doing so.
Yucca is much more than a food, since the leaves are a valuable source of fibre. And
though we seemingly have litle value for fibre in our modern world, in past days natural
fibres were used to make ropes, nets, bow strings, sandals, mats, shelters, baskets, and
on and on. The yucca also provides several good food sources. When a plant begins to flower and die, it first sends up an asparagus-like shoot which is
somewhat red in color. That shoot can be cut, peeled and eaten raw or cooked. Raw, it is
similar to jicama, and cooked it is more delicious, like a squash. The flowers are eaten
raw, but are better boiled, made into paddies, and cooked. And also highly prized were the
fruits, which have the appearance of small gourds. These are usually soapy raw, and are
best when baked or roasted. They can be eaten when cooked, or dried for future use.
Youll see yucca in the more open and exposed areas around Mt. Lowe camp.
Ripe currants were once the sugar of the Native Americans. Though many fruits could be
used as sweeteners, currants seemed to be ideal. The dried currants were often mixed with
dried meat, and pounded, to make pemmican, an ideal survival food (not to be confused with
the wheat-based candy bar called Pemmican). Ripe currants make a great trail nibble, and
can also be made into a simple jam.
Miners lettuce is a vitamin C-rich plant which is only found in late winter and
spring. It is a delicious salad plant. I have made miners lettuce into soup, cooked
with eggs, and sauteed with fish. Everyone likes miners lettuce, and the plant is
easy to recognize. It has a cup-shaped leaf through which the flower stalk grows.
Miners lettuce is found in the shadier sections around Mt. Lowe Camp.
Yerba santa is
primarily a medicinal herb, though it can also be used as a tea. It was given the name
yerba santa (meaning "holy herb") by Spanish missionaries who were impressed
with the efficacy of this plant to heal external wounds when used as a poultice on people
or horse, and when used as a tea for any bronchial problems, like coughing.
Live-forever is a succulent plant of the Dudleya
genus. It is usually growing on rocky walls. The plant somewhat resembles a miniture yucca
or agave, except it is very small and entirely succulent. In the spring it produces an
orange flower. These leafs can be eaten raw, especially in times when water is scarce.
Sometimes they can be very astringent, but usually the flavor is just bland. I had at
least one difficult situation where I relied on this plant. I was hiking out of upper
Eaton Canyon, up the trail on the east side of Mount Lowe and up to my car up on the Mt.
Wilson road. I had no canteen with me, and I filled my pockets with live-forever whenever
I encountered it. That was my only water on a hike of about 8 miles on a hot day.
On the north-facing hills under the oaks, youll see bracken and other ferns. The
young fiddleheads of many ferns have long been used as a cooked food. They are somewhat
nutty when eaten raw, and make a good addition to salads. Usually, however, they are best
steamed and then seasoned with spices.
This is by no means a complete survey of the useful plants in the vicinity of the old
Ye Alpine Tavern and Inspiration Point, but just some of the common and easy to recognize
plants. Keep in mind that harvesting plants may be illegal in some areas. Collecting
acorns and pinenuts that fall on the ground, however, poses no threat to the plant, and
the amount you collect would rarely even make a dent in the food of the wild animals.
Nevertheless, we share this information for educational purposes only, and for its
survival value. It is your responsibility to know the laws for the area you are in, and to
abide by them.
Nyerges is the author of Guide to Wild Foods (available for $15 at all
Sport Chalet stores) and Testing Your Outdoor Survival Skills (available
for $12 from School of Self-Reliance, Box 41834, Eagle Rock, CA 90041). His latest book,
about the Angeles National Forest called Enter the Forest, will be
released later this year. Nyerges has been conducting Wild Food Outings, Survival Skills
Outings, and nature walks since 1974. A schedule of his classes is available from School
of Self-Reliance. Also see their web page at http://home.earthlink.net/~nyerges/.
Echoes From Nearby Places
From Heninger Flats
On April 12, 1997 a hearty group was treated to a Historical
Talk and Tour of Heninger Flats, given by Mr. Paul Rippens and sponsored by the Altadena
Historical Society. A great luncheon was provided by the California Dozer Operators Group,
the proceeds of which went to the burn center at Sherman Oaks Hospital.
William K Heninger around 1880 settled
this small hanging basin above Altadena.
He built a house and a cistern for water storage. It was here that he decided to spend the
rest of his years and he planted fruit, vegetables, and hay and nut trees. The produce he
then carried into town a mile and a half down the steep trail that ended in Eaton Canyon.
In 1892 Heninger was visited by T. P. Lukens and R. J. Busch who started
the very first experimental reforestation in California at Heninger Flats.
After Heninger's death in 1894 the property changed hands a number of
times finally being sold to the Mt. Wilson Toll Road Company.
In 1903, under the direction of Lukens, a nursery was established at
Heninger Flats and by 1907 the forest service had planted 62,000 experimental trees. In
1904 Lukens reported that over 231,710 trees were growing in the nursery.
During the years that followed the Mt. Wilson toll road was widened to
accommodate the passage of equipment up to the observatory
at Mt. Wilson. By 1917 the road was widened to the present width of twelve feet.
Currently at Heninger Flats the Los Angeles County Forest Service
Division, provides trees for environmental projects throughout the County. Free trees are
available to the public for conservation purposes from December through March.
The folks there
have built a wonderful visitors center that I suggest all able bodied folks visit by
taking the hike up to Heninger Flats. The center provides conservation education as well
as great displays of nature and local history.
For all you Mt Lowe fans there are even
some Mt. Lowe photos on display and a collection of postcards that was donated for the
public to view. In addition there is a collection of insulators, two of which were
specific to Mt. Lowe.
For more information on Heninger Flats contact the county of Los Angeles
Fire Department Forestry Division or the Altadena Historical Society.
Echoes From The Past
A Trip To Wilsons Peak
While on the
wonderful day trip at Heninger flats I had a few moments to speak with Betty Herr about
letters written by a woman in the years 1892-1897. Mrs. Herr said I could view them at the
Altadena Historical Society archives at the Great Western Bank on Lake Street. I was
unable to do so however and Mrs. Herr was gracious enough to mail me copies of the
Reading the letters immediately propelled me back to the 1890s, as
the writers descriptions were observant, colorful and humorous. I enjoyed them
immensely and asked Mrs. Herr for permission to reprint excerpts in Echo Mtn. Echoes.
Flora G. Fay wrote the letters during several trips to California
between 1892 and 1897. At the time she was engaged to Mr. Eben Foskett, who was studying
medicine at New York Medical School. Miss Fay traveled with her well - to - do parents and
wrote of her experiences to Eben. In 1897 Flora Fay and Eben Foskett were married.
The excerpts of the letters are being published by the gracious
permission of Margaret E. Foskett, daughter-in-law of Flora Fay Foskett.
Here I am at home again,
just full to overflowing with the trip to Wilsons Peak and back. We started
yesterday at about 8:30. Had an hours ride to the foot of the trail then proceeded
with our three mules
up the trail. I rode very littledidnt mind the walk of full 9 ½ miles very
much for it began to cloud up at noon and after lunching we went straight to the clouds,
which kept us cool and made walking easier but dampened our spirits as it hid the view.
All we realized was that
we wound along over deep canons and that the immense tree, redwood, cedar, and pine was
something we hadnt imagined as from the valley , the mountain looks bare of trees.
It took just six hours to
reach the summit where we were glad to rest around a campfire before going down on the
other side a quarter of a mile to the camp, where we were to eat and sleep. The camp
consists of three log cabins and two small tents and as some other people had quarters
there before us we were rather distributed. The three men had two beds in one cabin, and
as their room had the luxuries of a stove and a mirror and a few magazines we used it for
a sitting room also.
We four girls had the
funniest accommodations in another cabin the cabin consisted of one room about
12X20 I should think, partitioned off to within a short distance of the ceiling something
like this[see diagram a]. We had rooms A and B, divided from the main room C by calico
curtains, only. The only entrance (3) was through room C which was occupied by two men and
their wives. Annie and I had the room A because it had a window and B had none! Both rooms
were about the size of stateroomsthat is the standing room, so I just got up on the
bed and dressed.
We took quite a tramp down
a canon before supper and after, we went up to the tower on the summit to see the
magnificent sun-set and the lights appearing in the valley below, the clouds having
disappeared before a strong wind. The stars came forth slowly, appearing quite different
than from a valley. From below they seem studded at a great distance against the sky but
from that height, due probably to the thin clear air, they seem suspended not far above
The air grew chill and we
started a campfire but were really tired and sleepy so got back to camp early and went to
bed. Our four neighbors, separated form us by only calico, were playing cards till a late
hour. Then the wind rose to a gale that roared all night through the trees, and I kept
wondering what might be the result should a bear or panther stick his head into my window
which opened right on the ground, so I couldnt sleep till morningjust got into
a snooze when someone hurried us out for the sun-rise.
We dressed rapidly by
lamp-light and sallied forth through the room in which the strange four were still abed.
Wrapped in shawls and blankets as the wind still blew hard. Walked about ten minutes to
"Echo Rock" from whence I had as grand a view, if not the most grand, I have
On our left snow capped
peaks glistened against the sky; far down on our right Pasadena and Los Angeles lay
sleeping still, in darkness. Opposite, across a deep canon arose another mountain back of
which the sun was struggling up to peep into the valley. Finally it arose and flooded all
the valley with sudden lightthe sun-sets and sun-risings are very abrupt here-
scattering the mists, and making fairyland of the clouds still drifting about in the
All this time we sat
huddled together with blankets over head and all to keep the wind from blowing us to
pieces, and speechless with the beauty and purity of the site.
Finally the cold, keen air
drove us to action and we went back to camp to find still a half hours wait for
breakfast so two of us went up to the summit whence a broader view could be had, and tried
to drink in, with the bracing air, some of the grand beauty. The valley below looked like
a checkerboard, so regular and clear- cut appeared the brown fields and the green orange
groves and meadows. The plain was broken only by the dimpled green foothills, and
stretched far away to the ocean which showed clear and blue against the pale sky.
After breakfast we spent
the morning tramping about the mountains, and directly after dinner began our decent,
every turn of which showed us new grandeur and beauty. We were just four hours coming
down, and I rode a mule the first hour but it shook me so I declined to mount again.
Am feeling the effects
today of that 9 ½ miles decent. Am awfully lame, got two big black and blue spots on my
limbs from bumping against the saddle when Maggie my mule insisted on trotting. Then
somehow I managed to get a tick from somewhere. Felt it on the trail and thought I was
stung but when I removed my dress found the horrid thing had burrowed in nearly all over
my arm. Etta unscrewed him, but it is much inflamed and I couldnt sleep on that side
all night. Got awfully burned and quite ruined my dress but in spite of these slight
draw-backs look back with pleasure to the trip. We all wish we had planned to stay a week
Flora G. Fay
of our readers
Our first and foremost news is
that Eric Sauppe was the winner of our subscription campaign contest
started back in November. Eric was one of 18 entries thrown into a hat. Eric won a weekend
at Lake Gregory in Land-Sea Discovery Groups Vacation Home. CONGRATULATIONS!
Land-Sea Discovery Group has joined the Magic
Lantern Society of the United States and Canada. An article by Jake
Brouwer about the Mt. Lowe searchlight was reprinted in their magazine along with
a request for magic lantern slides depicting Mt. Lowe. One so far was found and purchased
for the sum of $20.00.
Thanks to Mike Post for sending a copy of Mountain
Memories by Julia Nick Dexter to LSDG. Dexter wrote of her
experiences at the HI-LOWE Farm with Ruth Dobbins Lowe, second wife of
Thaddeus Lowe Jr.. The Dexters built the Lowe cabin. This takes place in the Twin
Peaks area in the 1920
You might be interested to know that among our many subscribers are Donald
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Grandson of Thaddeus Lowes brother, Donald
Duke, writer and publisher, John Robinson, writer and Charles
Seims author of Mt.
Lowe Railway to the Clouds.
Elizabeth Herr was kind enough to send some wonderful
letters written by Flora G. Fay, later Mrs. Eben Foskett,
during several long trips to California in the years from 1892-1897. The letters cover
trips to Mt Lowe, Catalina, and Wilsons Peak. More to come on these later.
On May 17, 1997 Paul Ayers and yours truly set up at Altadenas
Old Fashioned Days celebration. Paul sold his tee shirts and put out the first
copies of his book titled Survey of the Remaining Artifacts of the Mt. Lowe
Railway, Part 1 Roca Rubio Pavilion. Book sales were good so you better
get one while they last! I set up a Mt Lowe display featuring souvenir items from my
collection. Also for sale were books and videos. Despite winds, rain, and then heat, the
day went well. Twelve new folks got on the mailing list and three new subscriptions were
realized. Perhaps the best part of the day was a father and son discussing the adventures
that lay ahead of them on Mt. Lowe. They had already experienced Rubio Canyon and had a
good time of it.
I was pleased to also make the acquaintance of Troy Sette
a young man who has taken quite an interest in the falls of Rubio Canyon. Troy, an avid
climber, has conquered the canyon to beyond Thalehaha Falls. Troy also has interests in
caving and our local mines.
Paul Ayers had an article printed in The
Lookout, the official newsletter of the hundred peaks section of
the Sierra Club.
On May 24, 1997, Land-Sea Discovery Group set up a
display of Mt. Lowe souvenirs at the Bellflower Railroadania Show. Susan Brouwer
and Michael Patris assisted at the display area, which received a fair
amount of attention from the limited attendees to the show. Two videos were played
featuring the Mt. Lowe Railroad. It was good to see some old friends and make some new
ones, and the stories we heard, were great! The items that were bought and lost, or
broken, or given away, as well as the "I have one of these or this or that." I
guess that was the best part of the day, lord knows we didnt make enough to cover
costs the second weekend in a row. I suppose well just settle in and concentrate on
Just a quick THANKS to Edna Smith. Dear Edna quickly
raced into the basement of the Archives the morning of Old Fashioned Days, when rain
started to come down, so as to fetch some sort of a covering for our valuable display.
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or pay for use. Contact Jake Brouwer Land~Sea Discovery Group, PO Box 401904,
Hesperia, Ca. 92340. 760-949-4676.
ARTIST WANTED. LSDG is looking for an artist willing to
kick around a few ideas and discuss costs for a few projects I want to do. Contact Land~Sea
Discovery Group, PO Box 401904, Hesperia, Ca. 92340.
BACK ISSUES AVAILABLE. Xerox copies of Vol 1, number 1
or 2 = $1.00 each. Xerox copies of Vol. 1, numbers 3 or 4 = $2.00 each. Extra copies of
current issues are $3.00 each. Land~Sea Discovery Group, PO Box 401904, Hesperia,
BOOKS FOR SALE. The following list are books offered by
Land-Sea Discovery Group. All prices as of this printing include shipping and handling.
Insurance is extra. Send payment to Land~Sea Discovery Group, PO Box 401904,
Hesperia, Ca. 92340.
Mt. Lowe the Railway in the Clouds By Charles Seims,
234pg, hardback, $47.95
Professor T.S.C. Lowe And His Mountain Railway By Maria
Schell Burden. 72 pg, paperback. $6.00
Angels Flight By Walt Wheellock, 47 pg, paperback.
The Mount Wilson Story By John W. Robinson, 35pg,
Trails of the Angeles By John W. Robinson 232 pg,
paperback, map. $12.95
San Bernardino Mountain Trails By John W. Robinson, 258
pg, paperback $11.00
Mountain Bicycling In the San Gabriels By Robert
Immler, 122pg, paperback, $9.00
Mountain Bicycling Around Los Angeles By Robert Immler,
126pg, paperback $9.00
The San Gabriels By John W. Robinson, 310pg, hardback,
The San Bernardinos By John W. Robinson, 256pg,
To Mt. Lowe With Love Video VHS format, running time 32
minutes. Includes shipping $34.95
Lowe, The Railway in the Clouds. Video tape VHS format with a running time of 44
minutes. By Charles Seims. Price includes shipping, $34.95
boy, the weeks really flew by between issues this time. My computer was down for three
weeks, I had three grandchildren born, we set up two displays of Mt Lowe material for the
public to see, and Im still around to tell all about it. All this and a sixty-hour a
How and why do I do it?
Its because I love Mt. Lowe. I love the times, and experiences of the people of this
era. I love the feeling I get being on Echo Mt. or in Rubio Canyon. I love the glow
watching others talk about their Mt. Lowe experiences or a souvenir they just bought. I
love that I can share with you some of the history of the San Gabriel Mountains and hope
that you will share with me for the enlightenment of all.
In this quarters issue we
have echoes from nearby Heninger Flats and a wonderful letter written in 1895 about a
womans trip to Wilsons Peak.
This issue marks the
addition of author Christopher Nyerges to our group. Christopher has several books
published and his articles appear in many national magazines.
The fall issue due Sept.
15. will feature echoes from Dawn Mine & Millard Falls, as well as hiking into Millard
and the flora of this area. Any info, stories, or pictures you would like to share about
Dawn Mine is appreciated.
next time, Jake
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