Echo Mountain by Detroit Publishing (1899)

Echo Mountain as viewed from the Castle Canyon Trail in 1899, captured by Detroit Publishing photographer William Henry Jackson. This hand tinted image was taken just before the famed Echo Mountain House hotel burned to the ground in January 1900. From the left, the Chalet, the smaller of the two hotels, is seen by the grand Echo Mountain House. Just behind Echo Mountain House, out of sight, is the winding station at the top of the incline. Next is the barely perceptible roof of the zoo, or menagerie as they once called it, where local animals were kept for the public to view. Included in the zoo were civit cats, foxes, eagles, raccoon, coyote, snakes and even bear at times in a special pit enclosure. Next is the dance hall, the maintenance and repair shop, and finally the Mount Lowe Observatory on the right. This unmounted souvenir print is 9″ by 7″ and became a postcard image for sale to tourists.

Michael Patris Collection

3 Comments on “Echo Mountain by Detroit Publishing (1899)”

  1. I love history and love that hike on a beautiful piece of history……so if anyone has hiked echo by any chance where is the flat part with the four post where we take pictures can anyone pinpoint it? Or where the giant round metal thing on the floor is can you pinpoint that? Just because id love to see where i was? Thank you so much sorry i know thats kind of a difficult question.

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