VIEW-3024 | Mount Royal Funicular Railway, Montreal, QC, about 1900
Mount Royal Funicular Railway, Montreal, QC, about 1900
Wm. Notman & Son
About 1900, 19th century or 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
25 x 20 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History
In 1874, the landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) was hired to design Mount-Royal Park. The Mountain Park Funicular Railway was built although Olmsted had strongly advised against a fast access route to the top of the park. He believed in a slow progression to the summit which could have allowed a greater variety of perceptual experiences.
The funicular was inaugurated in 1884 and officially opened a year later. Offering Montrealers a spectacular view of Mount-Royal Park, the funicular ride up Mount-Royal gave access to the summit for a cost of 5 cents for adults and 3 cents for children.
In 1918 the funicular was declared unsafe due to the weakening of its frail structure and was shutdown. It was dismantled in 1920.
The Mountain Park Funicular Railway, which was steam-driven was an alternative to a wooden staircase, which also brought visitors up the mountain.
The funicular brought visitors to the summit of Mount Royal, on the south-east side, above Duluth street as well as to the east-end lookout.
The funicular opened in 1885 on Mount Royal Park and ran for 33 years.
Olmsted's goal was to create a park that was to be a healing environment to enable people to better withstand city life, and recover what spirit they might have lost from living in it