Mount Lowe Preservation Society Inc. Collection

Alpine Tavern

Finally, visitors arrive at the Alpine Tavern, the end of their rail journey up Mount Lowe. This all too familiar scene is of the great fireplace inside Alpine Tavern. The quote on the beam above the fireplace has been attributed to Thaddeus Lowe, but as it turns out Lowe borrowed it from Ralph Waldo Emerson.

One of the only images of Thaddeus Lowe Jr.’s son, William Emmert Lowe as he stands in front of Alpine Tavern alone. Although he died in 1913 at a young age, his sister Florence made quite a name for herself, both literally and figuratively, as Pancho Barnes, who broke Amelia Earhart’s air speed record in 1930.

One Comment on “Alpine Tavern

  1. Fascinating! I’ve known about Pancho Barnes and her infamous exploits for some time, but I didn’t know she was a child of Thaddeus
    Lowe!

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