The long-gone Court Flight inclined railroad

Beginning in 1905, the Court Flight railroad brought everyone from Bunker Hill residents to government workers up and down its slope, with up to 1,000 riders taking the trip every day at its peak.

As reported in the Feb. 4, 1935 L.A. Times:

For twenty-eight years, operating his little “Court Flight” cable car from Broadway to the heights of Court Street, Sam Vandegrift never saw a motion-picture or attended a ball game.

Christy Mathewson and Babe Ruth flourished and waned, and the cinema advanced from the Biograph stage to talking films as he sat behind the control levers of the two fourteen-passenger wooden trams that crawled almost vertically up the slope.

Read more on the railroad, which closed in 1943 and burnt down later that same year, over at Framework.

Photos: Horton Churchill / Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

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