Before rail passengers could arrive in downtown Los Angeles and then go directly to Pasadena by train or trolley, there was the Mount Lowe Railway Pleasure Coach Company, owned and operated by Thaddeus Lowe, Jr. and in cooperation with Thaddeus Lowe and the Mount Lowe Incline. Folks could take a carriage ride past the San Gabriel Mission, El Molino Viejo, the Raymond Hotel, Millionaire’s Row on modern day Orange Grove Avenue (right past Thaddeus Lowe’s home just south of today’s Tournament House), La Pintoresca Hotel and finally to Lake Avenue and Calaveras Street where the southern terminus was located. This same tallyho coach was used in at least a few Valley Hunt Hunt Club functions as Thad Jr. was on their board for a time.
This 5″ by 4.25″ cabinet photo by an unknown photographer was spotted on Ebay by friend Dan Westphal and purchased by us for our archives.
Mount Lowe Preservation Society Collection