A photo of Angels Flight listed on EBay with bids starting at $2.50.
This image Angels Flight is one of several C.C. Pierce photos up for auction on EBay. To me, one of the most interesting things about the Pierce photos is his annotations on the back, and I particularly like what he said on this one, despite the mistakes.
This image of Angels Flight is also online at part of USC’s digital collection of Pierce photos.
The Angels Flight Ry (railway) was built by Col. J.F. (actually J.W.) Eddy in 1901 and service started in November of that year. Mr. Eddy promptly advertised it as “the shortest railroad in the world.”
Its length from Hill St. to Olive is 438 ft. The vertical lift up the hill is 125 ft.
The cars seat 32 passengers and this little railway has always been a money-maker. The schedule of fares is as follows: 2 rides for 5 cents, 4 for 10 cents, 15 for 25 cents 50 for 50 cents.
The big house at the top of the hill at the left is the home of C.F. Crocker. This was replaced by the Elks Temple in 1908.
Someone else notated: Still operating in 1961.
Pierce was slightly wrong in that although Angels Flight was under construction in November 1901, it formally opened on New Year’s Eve 1901 with an inaugural ride by Mayor Snyder.