mountain railway in the world has excited so much wonder and admiration as has this marvelous creation of the genius, pluck and enterprise of its builders. Connecting with Los Angeles, Pasadena, and all the cities of Southern California, it is easily reached.
The cars of this railway are entered at Altadena, a beautiful flower-embowered suburb of Pasadena. Crossing a poppy-bespangled mesa, Rubio Canyon is entered, and the foot of the Great Cable Incline reached. This incline is nearly 3000 feet long, and makes a direct ascent of 1300 feet. At its summit, on Echo Mountain, are located the fine hotel, Echo Mountain House, the World's Fair Searchlight, and the Lowe Observatory. The latter is presided over by the veteran astronomer, Dr. Lewis Swift, whose discoveries of comets and nebulæ have placed him at the head of living astronomical discoverers.
-Pasadena and Mount Lowe Railway Pamphlet