Angels Flight is a historic inclined railway in downtown Los Angeles, California. Originally built in 1901 in the Bunker Hill neighborhood, it extends just 298 feet and has been dubbed the "shortest railway in the world." The entrance archway and the station house are unique structures designed in the Beaux-Arts style. The railway was built to connect what is now the Bunker Hill neighborhood to the business district below. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.
Backstory and Context
In a controversial move in 1968, the city decided to redevelop the neighborhood from a somewhat neglected and working class area into a higher end neighborhood. As a result, Angels Flight was dismantled in 1969. Luckily, it was kept in storage in anticipation of a possible future rebuilding and restoration. This is exactly what happened but it was reconstructed one block south to its current location in 1996 and has been in operation ever since.
McAvoy, Christy. "Angels Flight Railway." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. October 13, 2000. http://focus.nps.gov/GetAsset?assetID=85e2786a-1240-4b3e-8e84-7c92ea2c4558.