Paul Rippens at Granite Gate (1993)
From our good friend and Mount Lowe Preservation Society Inc. member, Paul Rippens, comes this set of images taken at the Mount Lowe Railway Granite Gate in the 1990s.
The photo was taken on July 4, 1993. I was the Chief of the Forestry Division of the Fire Department at the time and attended the 100th Anniversary of the opening of the Mt. Lowe Railway in that capacity. It was a cold, foggy morning as you can see in the photo. A woman that worked in our office wanted to go along so she and her husband and myself drove to the Cape of Good Hope and hiked to Echo Mountain. Following the ceremony on Echo Mountain, I drove them to the Alpine Tavern site – hence the photo. When we arrived at Ye Alpine Tavern, we got above the fog.
The celebration continued later that afternoon on McPherson Parkway, but, being like I am, I drove to my home in La Verne, washed my red car, changed clothes and returned to the event. Could not show up with a dirty car!
Here’s another photo of one of my red cars in granite Gate about 1990.