Incline Electric Railway - sometimes called “Angel’s Flight” after the funicular that was built in 1901 on Los Angeles’ Bunker Hill. In 1908, under the Banning Brother’s ownership of the island, Hancock Banning was the instigator and supervisor of the railway.
The entrance was next to Avalon’s Greek amphitheater at the southeast end of Avenida de Cresenta (Crescent Avenue). The cart could hold twelve passengers and as it ascended the hillside up to Buena Vista Park (the point below Mt. Ada) a second cart would be descending down to Lovers Cove as a counter-balance.
At the apex of the two hillsides, a chalet-like building stood in the middle of gardens, offering a viewing deck, a small tea house and the powerhouse for the railway.
During this time there wasn’t a road out to Lovers Cove. You could access the cove by boat or by carefully walking over the slippery rocks at low tide. Glass bottom boats could be boarded once you reached the Cove.
It became a very popular attraction offering beautiful, panoramic views, a spectacular setting for a cup of tea and the novelty of the unique ride. However, the island experienced a huge setback in tourism after a fire in 1915 burned much of Avalon. The Railway was shut down that same year in hopes that it would operate in busier times to come. However, by the time William Wrigley Jr. purchased the island in 1919, it had become a hazard and was torn down.