Mount Lowe Preservation Society Inc.


The Mount Lowe Preservation Society Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to help secure and preserve history and artifacts about and regarding the Mount Lowe Railway. The organization is also parent to the Pacific Electric Railway Historical Society and Golden West Books, a revered rail-history publishing company based in San Marino, California.


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The Mount Lowe Preservation Society was recognized and incorporated by the State of California on March 15, 2000.

Professor Thaddeus LoweIt is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax deductible, public benefit, educational corporation and is not organized for the private gain of any person. It is organized under the Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation Law of California for charitable purposes. The specific purposes for which this corporation is organized are to develop a museum to display, educate, and further preserve the landmarks and artifacts of the Mount Lowe Railway and its founder, Thaddeus Sobieski Constantine Lowe.

This corporation is organized and operated exclusively for educational and literary purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The property of this corporation is irrevocably dedicated to the educational purposes, meeting the requirements of Section 214 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code, and no part of the net income or assets of the organization shall ever inure to the benefit of any director, officer, or member thereof or to the benefit of any private person.


Our Mission

The Mount Lowe Preservation Society, Inc., is a California non-profit organization that was formed by a handful of individuals with the intent to establish a permanent museum to house and display memorabilia, artifacts, and literary works for the purpose of educating the public about the Mount Lowe Railway and its founder-builder and engineer, Thaddeus S. C. Lowe and David J. Macpherson, and for all to enjoy.

Among our goals outside of the museum are to:

  • Work in conjunction with the United States Forestry Service to restore and preserve existing landmarks of the once World’s Greatest Scenic Mountain Railway, now on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Hold public educational lectures to generate interest and appreciation of this great historic landmark as well as participate in events to earn public support and knowledge
  • Publish materials including books, documentaries, and videos outlining the history of the individuals and events connected with the history of the Mount Lowe Incline Railway

Click the Donate button to make a donation via PayPal to the Mount Lowe Preservation Society Inc. and support our ongoing endeavors researching, documenting and sharing information about the Mount Lowe Railway, Pacific Electric, Los Angeles Railway, and publishing through Golden West Books.

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