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White Mountain Scenery


Many early travelers through the White Mountains were explorers, scientists, and writers. As means for travel began to improve, the numbers of visitors to the mountains increased. Some began to settle there, while others traveled there for recreation and fun. Taking advantage of the increase in tourists, the settlers began to build better roads, and constructed some of the first inns and hotels in the area. Seen here is an image of Mount Washington from North Conway, NH. Click to enlarge.







This lithograph is from Scenery of the White Mountains, 1848 by William Oakes (1799-1848). Oakes visited the White Mountains and wrote about what he found there. This image, titled "The Falls on the Amonoosuck, near the Mt. Washington House," was drawn by Isaac Sprague (1811-1895). The Mount Washington House was built in the 1830's by Ethan Allen Crawford (1792-1846) and later run by Horace Fabyan (1807-1881). It was one of the first hotels in the area, though no known images of it exist. Click to enlarge.


The White Mountains have some of the most beautiful views in New England. While these views have inspired artists to record their impressions, the emerging tourist industry left behind a legacy of illustrations, prints, trade cards, and photography. This is a drawing by G. B. Wilder, ca. 1860, titled "Lake Winnipasake and Belknap Mountains.". Click to enlarge.




One memorable site in the White Mountains, known as "The Old Man of the Mountain," is now gone, but is preserved by the many illustrations, lithographs, engravings, and photographs. On the right is a lithograph by C. Parsons, and on the left is a stereo card titled "Old Man Above the Clouds," ca. 1884. Click to enlarge.


Mt. Washington Railway opened in 1869, which allowed the tourism industry to grow at an very fast rate. Seen here is a trade card for the Mt. Washington Railway. Click to enlarge.



Boulders that can be found in New Hampshire were deposited by a melting glacier during the last ice age. One of the most popular tourist attractions until the 1880's was "The Great Hanging Boulder," found at "The Flume," in Franconia Notch. It was approximately ten feet by twelve feet and was wedged between two rock walls of the Flume. However, in 1883, during a storm, lightning struck nearby, causing mud and debris to push through the Flume Gorge. The pressure was too great, and the boulder was washed away. The image on the left is a lithograph titled "The Flume, Lincoln, NH," ca. 1856. The image on the right is an undated stereocard titled "Flume above the Boulder." Click to enlarge.
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Washington from North Conway The
Falls on the Amonoosuck Lake
Winnipasake and Belknap Mountains Old
Man of the Mountain Lithograph Old
Man of the Mountains Stereocard Mount
Washington Railway Tradecard The
Flume lithograph The
Flume stereocard