Mount Lowe Historian Robert L. Wilde was born June 8th, 1942 in Highland Park, Michigan. When he was 4 years of age his family relocated to Pasadena, California where he was mentored as a young man by a volunteer in the Big Brother program, Joe Katzenbarger, who further instilled in him a love of the mountains and of forestry and hiking in the San Gabriel Mountain Range.
Joe's influence became a large part of Robert's early development. His interests were heightened in the Mt. Lowe Railway. In his days as a student at Eliot Junior High School, his collection of Mount Lowe Railway and Echo Mountain memorabilia and photographs and any artifact he could get his hands on caught the interest of the press. It also sparked the interest of a fellow student, Charles Seims, who wrote the book "Mount Lowe: The Railway In The Clouds". Charles' book featured some of the photographs from Robert's collection and the two men remained life-long friends.
Robert was a volunteer with the Angeles National Forest through the Scenic Mt. Lowe Railway Historical Committee organization (aka Mount Lowe Volunteers). For many years he worked with the group constructing and re-creating signs, structures, repairing remnants, and whatever else the group would do on its many outings to the area.
Robert passed away on September 1st, 2006, he was 63 years old. His burial plot is located in the Royal Oak section, just a few steps to the east of Thaddeus S.C. Lowe, namesake of Mt. Lowe and creator of the Mt. Lowe Railway.
Although Robert has moved to another place, he will never be forgotten and will always be missed.