Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway in California - Then and Now

Aerial Tramway
Palm Springs, California

Looking down the cables towards Chino Canyon and the Valley Station (Elevation 2,643 ft.) some two and a half miles away.  This $8,000,000 project is an engineering marvel and opens the door to the rugged wilderness area of Mt. San Jacinto.  Mt. Station elevation is 8,516 ft.

This postcard is postmarked in 1965 with a 4 cent Lincoln stamp.

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The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway in Palm Springs, California, is the largest rotating aerial tramway in the world. It was opened in September 1963 as a way of getting from the floor of the Coachella Valley to relatively near the top of San Jacinto Peak and was constructed in the rugged Chino Canyon. Before its construction, the only way to the top of the mountain was to hike a number of hours from Idyllwild.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

The World's Largest Rotating Tramway cars travel from the 2,643 ft. Valley Station to the 8,516 ft. Mountain Station high atop Mt. San Jacinto.  In less than 15 minutes the Tram car travels through four botanical and geographical life zones.  Similar to a trip from Sonora, Mexico to Anchorage, Alaska.

This postcard is postmarked in 2002 with a 21 cent bison / buffalo stamp.

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