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Once built, this larger 70 room hotel was given the name Echo Mountain House. The large concrete stairway shown at the bottom right is still standing & we can see it from down here.


This caption of this pic shows a common mistake still made to this day. This is Echo Mountain, not Mount Lowe.









It was one of several buildings on Echo Mountain. In this view from behind Echo Mountain House is in the center a little higher than the rest, the 14 room Chalet to the left, a small power house in front & slightly to the right of the big hotel. The "Casino" (ballroom) & rail car barn are to the right. There were also a small zoo & stables. The group of buildings could be seen from the valley below & was called the "White City".


In 1894 a searchlight from the 1893 Worlds Fair in Chicago was installed on Echo Mountain. That was the same fair where Tesla & Westinghouse's AC electrical system was demonstrated in a big way, & the 1st Ferris wheel was built. The searchlight was used to shine back & forth on the cities below. It could be seen from 59 miles away on Catalina Island. Kids in the valley would build signal fires to get the attention of the operator & have him shine the light on them. At first people seemed to get a kick out of it, but after awhile it was seen as more of a nuisance with it surprising people by shining in windows & startling horses.



 

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My Much Better-Half re-styled my Do.
 

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Is this where the expression "the whole nine yards" came from?
Theres more than 27 feet of belts there...

Maybe in each bin. 9 yards of 50cal is only about 300 rounds. That's not enough for a full fledged dog-fighter (no, not mike vick :doh0715:)
 

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Is this where the expression "the whole nine yards" came from?
There is still no consensus on the origin, though many early published quotations are now available for study. A vast number of explanations for this phrase have been suggested; many of these are no longer viable in light of what is now known about the phrase's history.

Many of the popular candidates relate to the length of pieces of fabric, or various garments, including Indian saris, Scottish kilts, burial shrouds, or bolts of cloth. No single source verifies that any one of those suggestions was the actual origin. However, an article published in Comments on Etymology demonstrates that fabric was routinely sold in standard lengths of nine yards (and other multiples of three yards) during the 1800s and early 1900s. This may explain why so many different types of cloth or garments have been said to have been nine yards long. The phrase "...she has put the whole nine yards into one shirt" appears in 1855.
 

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Yo,

My Much Better-Half re-styled my Do.

Just be thankful you have hair to be styled! LOL

...a "follicly challenged" Want2BS8ed
 
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