Incredibly steep outdoor steps

Jacob’s Ladder, an incredibly steep flight of outdoor steps, is a highlight of St. Helena, a tropical island in the South Atlantic.

Mark Frauenfelder at The Magnet:

In the late 1800s, Jacob’s Ladder was flanked by wooden inclined planes, which were used as part of a horse-powered system that hauled carts loaded with manure up and down the hill for use as fertilizer.

The island is tiny, remote, and has a population of just 4,500 people, but nonetheless has got a lot going on.

St. Helena is a United Kingdom territory, where the British imprisoned Napoleon during the last six years of his life.

St. Helena is also home of Jonathan the tortoise, born in 1832.

And here is a spectacular high-res photo of the view from the top of Jacob’s Ladder