Saturday, August 4, 2012

Lizzie's Trail Inn


I thought you might enjoy seeing a photo of Lizzie's, as it looks today. At one point, this building and the adjacent Richardson House were part of a compound which also contained rental cabins, and stables for burros. The burros were available to help people get their belongings, and sometimes themselves, up the steep trail to mountain camps and the Mt. Wilson Hotel. Much of the compound was basically located on the site of what is now Mt. Wilson Trail Park.

Sometime early in the 1900's, everything began to change. The building of a road from Altadena to the top, made it easier to access Mt. Wilson via automobile. Additionally, Sierra Madre outlawed pack animals and stables within city limits. At that point in time, according to an interesting article I found on the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society Website, "the days of a full service facility at the trailhead were coming to a close."

The Trail Inn was able to stay in business until 1948, and the barn, stable, and other structures were not removed until 1961. Luckily, Lizzie's Trail Inn and The Richardson House were saved, so we can all visit a bit of that time in our history. 

  

18 comments:

  1. Being quite partial to ravioli myself I would have liked to meet Lizzie back in the 20's

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    1. Me, too! I'll bet the food was great.

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  2. More interesting history, Adele.

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    1. Thanks, LOL. I'm going to be "internetless" for a couple of days. I scheduled the posts ahead, but I hope there's nothing wrong with any of them. Won't be able to fix them until probably Tuesday night. Wish me luck!

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  3. fried chicken, ravioli and special icetea, i always thought this would be a great dinner , maybe raise money for a group.

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    1. That would be cool! A fundraiser for the Historical Society, maybe? With Lizzie's-style food?

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  4. I had no idea whatsoever Sierra Madre had this much intesting history. Thank you for educating me Adele.
    Marie

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    1. Thank you, Marie! I can't believe how much fun I'm having, learning all this stuff. :)

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  5. I believe the last Burros's/Mules doing business in our local mtns operate out of Chantry Flat, or has that changed?

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  6. They're still there. Adams Pack Station. I think I did a post about it, toward the end of June sometime (I'm not at my computer right now...).

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  7. So does this mean we can still get a meal there?

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    1. I wish!! Nice museum, but no food... (Oh - but the Historical Preservation Society often sells great lemonade at various town events...)

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  8. It's actually amazing it stayed in business until the late 1940s! How amazing it would've been to sample Lizzie's food.

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    1. It really is amazing it stayed that long. They must have had great food and a lot of loyal customers!

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  9. I've never been to Sierra Madre but your photo and history of the Trail Inn confirms my understanding of it as being charming, then and now.

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    1. You should visit sometime, Kevin. It really is a nice place to eat and stroll...

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