Mt Willard Section House Vandalism

mt willard - Location of the Mt. Willard Section House, which was at the end of the Willey Brook Trestle along the old Maine Central Railroad in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA. This section house was built by the Maine Central Railroad in 1887 to house the section foreman and crew who maintained the track. From 1903-1942 the Hattie Evans family lived at the house, it was destroyed by fire in 1972.
Mt. Willard Section House Site – Maine Central Railroad, Crawford Notch
 

Mt Willard Section House Vandalism – In April 2016 the Conway Scenic Railroad, on their Facebook page, posted that the Evan’s family monument at the Mt Willard Section House site had been recently vandalized. I visited the section house site last month and was disappointed to see the vandalism. The monument looks to be permanently damaged.

The Mt. Willard Section House site is located along the old Maine Central Railroad in New Hampshire, next to the historic Willey Brook Trestle, in Crawford Notch. Since 1995 the Conway Scenic Railroad, which provides passenger excursion trains, has been using the track.

The site of the Mt. Willard Section House along the old Maine Central Railroad, next to the Willey Brook Trestle, in Crawford Notch State Park of New Hampshire. This section house, built by the Maine Central Railroad in 1887, housed the section foreman and crew who maintained the track. From 1903-1942, the Hattie Evans family lived at the house. It was destroyed by fire in 1972.
Evans Family Monument – Mt. Willard Section House, Maine Central Railroad
 

The Mt Willard Section House was built in 1887 to house the section foreman and crew who maintained Section 139 of the railroad. From 1903-1942, the legendary Hattie Evans and her family occupied the house. The above image shows the Evans family monument before it was vandalized. The Evans family is standing by the house in the monument.

May 2016 - It was recently discovered that vandals scratched the Evans family out of the monument that is located at the Mt. Willard Section House site. The Willard Section House site is located along the old Maine Central Railroad, next to the Willey Brook Trestle, in Crawford Notch. It was built in 1887 by the Maine Central Railroad to house the section foreman and crew who maintained the track. From 1903-1942, the Hattie Evans family lived at the house. And it was destroyed by fire in 1972.
Vandalized Monument – Mt. Willard Section House, Maine Central Railroad
 

For some reason, vandals scratched the Evans family out of the monument (above). I will never understand why some people feel the need to leave their mark everywhere they go in the White Mountains. Destroying a monument benefits no one. Vandalism has become an endless and very concerning problem here in the White Mountains. It is out of control, and vandalism is destroying the region. There's no accountability anymore.

Closeup of the vandalism done to the monument at the Mt. Willard Section House site along the old Maine Central Railroad, next to the Willey Brook Trestle, in Crawford Notch State Park of New Hampshire. It was recently discovered that vandals scratched the family out of the monument. This section house, built by the Maine Central Railroad in 1887, housed the section foreman and crew who maintained the track. From 1903-1942, the Hattie Evans family lived at the house. It was destroyed by fire in 1972. Vandalism has destroyed the monument at this site.
Closeup of the Vandalized Monument – The Evans family was standing next to the house
 

I reported this vandalism to local authorities who in turn reported it to the proper law enforcement division that oversees this area. Other than that, I doubt whoever did it will be caught. If you know who is responsible for doing this vandalism, please report them to law enforcement. Somebody needs to be held accountable for this senseless destruction to a monument.

All of the above images can be licensed for publications by clicking on the image you are interested in, and you can view more images of the Mt Willard Section House here.

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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