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Angels Flight Giving 1¢ Rides For Its 111th Anniversary

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It's become a new annual tradition: Ride the rails up and/or down on Angels Flight on the last day of the year for the bargain price of one penny each way.

One penny is the original opening fare of the funicular railway, which first moved Angelenos up and down the short incline back in 1901.

On December 31, 2012, to mark its 111th anniversary, Angels Flight will roll back fares from 50 cents each way to just one cent.

The folks at Angels Flight sent over this delightful L.A. Times clip reporting on opening day, December 31, 1901:

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The first breathings of this new enterprise constituted an impressive scene. A large crowd had gathered at the platform on the top of the hill...

...Presently a hush fell upon the vast concourse, and enveloped it like a wet towel.

Inside the little engine-house there came the sharp tinkle of an electric bell, and the engineer grasped the lever and threw it back.

Behold, the cars began to move! The one at the top moved down and the one at the bottom moved up...

These days, you can catch Angels Flight seven days a week, including Christmas and New Year's Day from 6:45 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Read all about Angels Flight on LAist here.