Past Inclinations

If you visited the summit of Mountain Beacon in 1902, likely as a traveler on the brand new incline railway (at the time, the world’s steepest funicular), this scene awaited your arrival. The park-like setting included fountains and pathways around the Casino, a restaurant and dance hall.

All that’s left of this man-made grandeur are the ruins of the railway powerhouse (the small building on the photo’s right). Fortunately, the spectacular views remain the same, albeit you have to hike a mile uphill to enjoy them.

Hotel casino, power station
Postcard of Hotel, Casino and Power station. Mt. Beacon, Matteawan, New York