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Friday, November 16, 2012

Mount Hermon & Tuxedo Stations (Part 2)

The webmaster, Dan Dawson, at Mount Hermon contacted me earlier this week offering to give me a tour of the historical archives at Mount Hermon, specifically in relation to the Southern Pacific Railroad that used to call at Mount Hermon. He generously allowed me to repost all of these photographs. With that being said, I will refer you to the somewhat updated article I posted on Mount Hermon in September 2012 for the history of the site, with these photographs being a continuation of that article.

A 1911 Parcel Map of Mount Hermon showing the South Pacific Railroad
(under the subsidiary name South Pacific Coast) running along the left side of the retreat. 
Various Guests seated on and beside bench alongside a Southern Pacific freight car at Mount Hermon.
The names of the individuals are known, though not reproduced here.
The Epworth League Institute at Mount Hermon Association Grounds in 1919 in front of a SPRR parlor car.
Conference members walking toward Felton along the tracks. The Zayante Creek Trestle can be seen behind them.
A group of conference-goers returning to Mount Hermon. This photograph is taken just beyond the
(East) Zayante Road entrance to the park, with the wooden fence at left heading toward Zayante Inn.
An overview of Mount Hermon around 1908 looking at the Parade Grounds between Zayante Inn and the station. A SPRR is parked at the depot. This was taken before the post office was built.
A panoramic shot of the Parade Grounds, with the post office in the background but the old station house. A train sits at the depot awaiting passengers, while a car is parked in the field in the middle of this shot.
Panoramic photograph of the original Mount Hermon Parade Grounds, Zayante Inn, and Station around 1908.
A photograph that was attached to a letter sowing a crowd of conference-goers beside a passenger train at the Mount Hermon Station. It must have been hot considering all the umbrellas.
The original Mount Hermon station house as it looked immediately after Mount Hermon took over Arcadia in 1906. These boys ferried luggage from the trains to the Zayante Inn for guests. 
A crowd of passengers departing from a SPRR train in the early 1910s.

A train arriving at the new Mount Hermon Station, around 1915.
That baggage cart was used frequently from the early 1910s through the 1920s and appears in numerous photographs.
Passengers awaiting a train at Mount Hermon Station beside the new station house, circa 1915 to 1920.
The main road into Mount Hermon from (East) Zayante Road around 1930.
The trestle that crosses over Zayante Creek south of Mount Hermon.
This may spawn its own post at a later point in time, but until then...


  1. Yes! Tell us more about the trestle! Thanks for the pictures, they are gorgeous!

  2. I live in Mount Hermon, love the pictures.

  3. Great website. Very nice photography. So I have made two day trips to explore the old route, one circa 2007, and another in the summer of 2012. It is such a tragedy, a public transportation disaster, that this crucial corridor was allowed to be abandoned. It should have been "mothballed," pending a possible reopening of the route. Now it is too late.

    Douglas Hawes
    San Jose, CA

  4. So the 75th anniversary of the closure of the Mountain Route in February 1940 will be coming up in a couple of years. There will no doubt be a lot of local press about the old Mountain Route. It's probably a good time for someone to write a book with these superb photographs, "Last Years of the Mountain Route." To focus on the events leading up to the terrible decision to close the line forever. There are already first class books that focus on the narrow gauge years, when the South Pacific Coast was a real pioneer. But no book to my knowledge that just focuses on the final decade.

    Douglas Hawes
    San Jose, CA

  5. Good job noticing that. I hadn't even thought of the 75th anniversary of that tragic event. It would be good to get a book out there. My focus has been on the history of the stations and stops. I agree that the line's narrow gauge days have been vastly researched again-and-again, hence my desire to publish on the locations rather than the train. I'd definitely support and help anyone interested in a 75 years book, though I'm not sure if I would want to write that. Rick Hamman's book does the best job of discussing the topic currently, and his sources would be great to look into.