Originally posted by Johnnie
: : Could "White City" be a ghost town site, that should added to Southern California. "G.T" list. What do the rest of you think???
: : Johnnie
: Thanks for the e-mail everyone, We also think that "White City" should be added to the ghost towns list but We guess thats all up to the staff of "Ghosttown.com" For the rest of us "locals" like my family and I and Cecil, & Roger, of Explore Historical Callifornia and several of you other local ghost towns buffs, that live in the aera. But some of you others may have not ever herd of "White City"and was giving that name mainly because all the buildings were painted white, deserves some recognition as a very historical place not as a old mining town but as recration village nesteled in and around Rubio canyon just below the famouse Mt. wilson that overlooks the whole los Angeles county, This whole area had numerous streams and some 9 waterfalls and had hiking trails,That attracted a lot of local residents and the 12 mile hike did not seem to discourage people to visit this very interesting picturesque aera. Thats when the wealthy F. D. Lowe deceided to build a trolly cable car to this beautiful place in the San Gaberials Mountains, in 1893 and at the top he build the Echo Hotel and built an observetory,and the famouse Alpne Tavern at elevation of 5,000 ft. and became very popular but was very expensive and catered to mostsly the rich, and when Mr, Lowe lost control of the project the famouse Henery Huntington that was "one" of the Big four or Railroadroad fame step in and took over the project and built Pacfic Electric R/R right to base of the moutain and rebuilt the Trolly system and rebuilt and the hotels and and lowered the fare and then it became popular around the world because of the colorfull post cards sent by the visiter's from beautiful and historical place that boosted a few holtels, and taverns, and danceing halls, with live bands stores, moutain cabins, tennis courts, and minture golf, horseback riding to Mt Wilson and it is said that many a famouse person visited this (kick back) resort which included the famouse Wyatt and Josie Earp that live in Los Angles in the 1920s along with many others took this "Railroad in the Sky," that lasted clear up 1937 then it was closed for good.
: There is not much left of this very historical ghost village site at present but there was up till the late 1940s and 1950s when the tracks and what ever else was left, and sold to scrap dealers many antique collecter still seek out any artifact, that was part of this very historical Southern California ghost town site.
: As we look over the Los Angles county California, ghost towns on our web-site and found LLand DEl Rio as a ghost site, which came much later and did not have the history that as Echo Mt, and the Alpne hotel,along with the other great stuff to do at this resort village, and the rich history and contributionit it gave to Southern California so this why we think it should added the ghost towns site to visit.
: we highly recomend you check out a video at your video store, named Railroad in the Sky made in 1993 or book by the same name in your local library, by Charles Seims and Alan Fishel,But we recomend the video by Interurbum Productions. because it showes what is left, and is very interesting, snd has a lot of historical photos plus a motion picture of riding the old street car to the incline and the ride to the hotel and Alpne tavern, on the the cable car.
: Thanks to the staff of ghosttown.com for giving us this oppertunity to share this part of California history.
: Johnnie & family