Echo Mountain - Powerhouse Ruins

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This is a photo of the Alpine Tavern ruins at Echo Mountain. In the foreground are the remains of the powerhouse, demolished in 1963, where the bull wheel was located. Click here for a picture of what the powerhouse originally looked like.


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This is a 1906 photo of the powerhouse that housed the bull wheel and gear mechanism. On top of the powerhouse you can see the powerful (3 million candlepower) search light that came from the 1893 World's Fair. Depending on the weather conditions, this light could be seen from over 70 miles away.


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This is a circa 1930 photo of one of the two incline railway cars at the Echo Mountain Incline Railway Station. The conductor, standing at the foot of the stairs, is W.O. Johnson Jr., the Uncle of Shirl Wozniak who graciously contributed the photo. To the right of the powerhouse you can see the Pacific Electric Trolley waiting to take passengers up to the Mt. Lowe Resort.


Photo courtesy Shirl Wozniak

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This is another circa 1930 photo of one of the two incline railway cars at the Echo Mountain Incline Railway Station. In the background is the Mt Lowe Observatory. One note about this photo and the previous one, is that there seemed to be some confusion as to the actual height of Echo Mountain, which is 3,200 feet.


Photo courtesy Vince Kosker

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Another circa 1930 souvenier photo of a large group of visitors that have arrived at the Echo Mountain Incline Railway Station.


Photo courtesy Roger Woodbury


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