Before the rolling hills of scrub and oak is terraformed with streets and homes, the only transportation “vessel” capable of making the transcontinental trek to California requires coal to produce steam locomotive power. These “Iron Horses” carry loads of lumber and other freight from the port.
Using smaller-gauge railroad tracks, the urban electric car (known as Red Car) quickly dominates city streets offering affordable public access to downtown goods and services from nearly every neighborhood home. Hundreds of staircases lace the hills providing door-to-door interurban travel.
The Mount Lowe Railroad provides public access to our local mountains.
Throwback Thursday is written and produced by Rick Thomas