Abandoned Stoves, White Mountains

Old stoves in the Pemigewasset Wilderness. Home Comfort Stove made by Wrought Iron Range Co in St. Louis, Missouri at Camp 18 along the abandoned East Branch & Lincoln Railroad in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA. This was a logging railroad in operation from 1893 - 1948
Home Comfort Stove by Wrought Iron Range Co St. Louis, Missouri
 

Abandoned Stoves, White Mountains – New Hampshire is rich with history, and each history buff is drawn to certain parts of the history. I love the variety of artifacts that remain in the White Mountain National Forest. And today, I am going to share a few of the unique stoves (considered artifacts) I have photographed over the years.

During the 19th and 20th-century, crude dwellings were built throughout the White Mountains to house railroad workers, local residents, and tourists. Most dwellings were built near a water source. And a good flowing brook appears to have been preferred over the large body of waters. Even in the 19th and early 20th-century people were aware of the importance of water.

Remnants of a cooking stove made by Magee Furnace Company, Boston, Mass at the abandoned cabin settlement surrounding Elbow Pond in Woodstock, New Hampshire.
Magee Furnace Company Stove – Boston, Massachusetts
 

When the time came to vacant these dwellings, the occupiers would just walk out the door never to return. More than likely they left with only suitcases. Can you imagine packing a suitcase right now and leaving your home for good?

Artifact (Smith & Anthony Stove Co. Boston, MASS 1889) along the abandoned Mt Washington Branch of the Boston and Maine (B&M) Railroad in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA. The Mt Washington Branch was built by the Boston, Concord & Montreal Railroad and completed in 1876. This branch traveled from the Fabyan House to the base of the Cog. The branch was closed in June 1932 (+/-).
Smith & Anthony Stove Co. – Boston, Massachusetts
 

Some dwellings were burned to the ground when vacated, but many were left to rot in the forest. Today, little remains at many of these dwelling sites and they are forever forgotten. However, a rusty stove in the forest can be the only indication of a dwelling.

Remnants of a Kitchen Kook Stove Range #866 by American Gas Machine Company, Inc at the abandoned cabin settlement surrounding Elbow Pond in Woodstock, New Hampshire.
Kitchen Kook Stove Range #866 by American Gas Machine Company
 

Most old stoves, like the ones in this blog article, in the White Mountain National Forest are historical artifacts. They help tell the story of the White Mountains. And sometimes a stove can help determine the layout of an old dwelling, and this benefits historians when researching a forgotten settlement deep in the forest. So if you do find an old stove in the National Forest, take only pictures, and leave it where you find it.

Swift River Railroad - Artifacts at Holland Camp which was an logging camp located in the Sabbaday Brook drainage of the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA. This was an logging railroad in operation from 1906 - 1916. The Noyes & Goddard stove was produced from 1886 - 1902 +/-.
Model Maine Stove by Noyes & Goddard – Waterville, Maine (1886 to 1902)
 

As you look at the above stove, consider this, it more than likely has not been moved since the day the loggers placed it into this early 1900s logging camp. The walls and floors of the camp rotted away many years ago, but when the camp was still standing this is likely where the stove was within the camp building. 

Keep in mind that the removal of historical or archaeological artifacts from federal lands without a permit is a violation of federal law. The above images can be licensed for publications by clicking on the image you are interested in.

Happy image making..


 

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Erin Paul is a professional photographer who specializes in environmental conservation and historic preservation photography in the New Hampshire White Mountains. His work is published worldwide, and credits include; Backpacker Magazine, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and The Wilderness Society.

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