Guest Blog Post: Angels Flight, Best Fun for $1 in L.A. by R. Barden

Given how I plan to soon publish novels of my own, (“Flamenco & the Sitting Cat will be my debut one) the definition of heaven for me is anything to do with books! Blogger/writer Rosalind Barden’s guest blog post about Angels Flight — well, that’s heaven + books!…

Photo of Angels Flight – Photo credit: and

“Angels Flight: Best Fun for a Buck in Los Angeles!” by Rosalind Barden

A character in my humorous noir mystery, “Sparky of Bunker Hill and the Cold Kid Case,” set in Depression-era Downtown Los Angeles, isn’t a person at all, but a funky funicular railway, Angels Flight.

Over a hundred years old, the funicular’s two cars chug from the top of Bunker Hill to the Downtown flatlands. It still exists thanks to the funicular’s fans who campaigned to save it from the wrecking ball in the 1960s when historic Bunker Hill was leveled. It was disassembled and packed away for decades, then pieced together in the 1990s on the reconfigured Bunker Hill, a half block from its original location. Sadly, a fatal accident shuttered the funicular again. The fans never left, and owing to their love, time and money, Angels Flight reopened in 2017.

Billed as the world’s shortest railway, it actually isn’t, though it is plenty short. The delight begins when boarding at the arch at the bottom of Bunker Hill, across from historic Grand Central Market at Fourth and Hill Streets, or at the matching station and wheelhouse at the top of Bunker Hill. The two orange and black cars are a delight of Beaux Arts design from an earlier, more exuberant time. The gleaming wooden interiors are each shaped like a staircase to conform to the slant of the hill. Riders sit in benches along either side.

The bell dings, and the car creaks to life. Then it merrily clanks along the track. Half the fun is listening to the reactions of fellow passengers as they oh and ah, or watching those silently smiling, lost in thought. The pace is slow, allowing time to detach from Downtown’s bustle and relax. For only a dollar, it’s a ride guaranteed to lift the mood.

Photo of Rosalind Barden by Diane Edmonds.

About Rosalind Barden: In addition to blogging, she writes mystery, sci-fi and horror with a sense of humor. “Sparky of Bunker Hill and the Cold Kid Case” is her new, wacky noir young adult mystery set in Depression-era Los Angeles.  Find out more about her and her books here.

What’s your favorite historical site where you live?

14 thoughts on “Guest Blog Post: Angels Flight, Best Fun for $1 in L.A. by R. Barden

  1. Barbara Grace Lake May 14, 2019 / 10:48 am

    As a native Angelena, I knew Angel’s Flight very well. I knew it back when it was actually necessary, when they stopped it as being dangerous, and when they repaired and renewed it as entertainment for those seeking “elder” quieter days. There are so many things that made Los Angeles, well, Los Angeles. I understand, out of sheer necessity, they are attempting to bring back the old “red cars” into the outer regions of the City. Even so, I’ll never return to the city of my birth. It’s too crowded now. But I do appreciate articles like this one to remind me that Los Angeles once was and, for some, still is a wondrous city. Thank you for posting it.

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    • Rosalind Barden May 15, 2019 / 11:09 am

      So glad the post brings back good memories! True, Los Angeles has changed a lot, but I’m so glad the Angeles Flight survived. It’s still the best way to get from the top of Bunker Hill to the Grand Central Market, a popular lunch stop for Bunker Hill office workers. I’m happy you enjoyed it!

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    • da-AL May 15, 2019 / 1:12 pm

      & L.A. is getting more congested as we read each other’s comments – hence, we’ve got sprawling sprawl…

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  2. Rosalind Barden May 14, 2019 / 10:23 am

    Thanks, da-Al, for inviting me to post on your blog. Thanks everybody for the great comments! Rosalind Barden

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    • da-AL May 15, 2019 / 1:10 pm

      my pleasure, Rosaling ❤


  3. mydangblog May 14, 2019 / 6:27 am

    They have one of these in Niagara Falls but it’s nowhere near as cool!

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    • Rosalind Barden May 17, 2019 / 11:14 am

      I looked up the Falls Incline Railway. It looks so cool!! Thanks for sharing. Hope I can ride the Falls Incline Railway one day!

      Liked by 2 people

  4. MrsWayfarer May 13, 2019 / 5:30 pm

    Thanks for this wonderful post. It’s always a surreal feeling going to historical places. I cant help imagining how I would have been if I lived back then.

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    • da-AL May 15, 2019 / 1:09 pm

      I agree – I love when writing transports me somewhere…

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    • Rosalind Barden May 17, 2019 / 11:21 am

      Thanks! I’m fascinated with historical places too, which is why I enjoy writing stories set in LA’s past. It’s fun to research. Glad you enjoyed the post!

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  5. Sharon Bonin-Pratt May 13, 2019 / 4:49 pm

    Rosalind Barden has touched my lore and history nerve with excitement. Thanks for a wonderful description of Angel’s Flight, Bunker Hill’s unique contribution to LA ambiance.

    And thank you, Daal, for featuring Rosalind.

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