|Echo Mtn. Echoes||Volume 2..
A Visit To Alpine Tavern
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.
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.
Flora and Fauna.
Ethno-Botanical Tour of Mt. Lowe
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 atmosphere 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 Americans.
Echoes From Nearby Places.
Echoes From Heninger Flats
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.
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 letters.
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.
News 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.
Visit Mountain Marketplace - updated with every new issue.
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.
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