Fleming Flume, Elephant Head Brook

Fleming Flume on Elephant Head Brook in Carroll, New Hampshire during the summer months.
Fleming Flume (top section) – Carroll, New Hampshire
 

Fleming Flume, Elephant Head Brook – Over the summer, while doing some research, I came across a water feature in the 1907 Guide to the Paths and Camps in the White Mountains (first edition AMC Guidebook) referred to as Fleming Flume in Carroll, New Hampshire. The write-up also mentions a Fleming Fall. I finally had the chance to visit and photograph this little flume.

I have never heard of Fleming Flume or Fall and have found very limited mention of them in old books. From what I can find, they were only mentioned once in the AMC Guidebook, the 1907 edition. However, the flume does appear to be marked on the Mt Washington map in the 1940 and 1960 AMC Guides but disappears from the maps completely in the 1960s. The marks are hard to see on these maps, but they are there.

Elephant Head Brook in Carroll, New Hampshire during the summer months.
Fleming Flume (top section) – Carroll, New Hampshire
 

The directions in the 1907 AMC guidebook are very precise and have Fleming Fall being located on Elephant Head Brook just 3 minutes off the Webster-Jackson Trail. I won’t give all the directions away so you will need to do a little more research before visiting this flume. But following the directions for Fleming Fall leads to the above cascade, which is just about at the top of what I believe is Fleming Flume.

Remnants of a water piping system on Elephant Head Brook in Carroll, New Hampshire during the summer months.
Shutoff Valve at Fleming Flume – Carroll, New Hampshire
 

I suspect some have noticed the piping in the lower section of the Webster-Jackson Trail. Well, I now know where the shutoff valve (above) is for that piping. At Fleming Flume there are remnants of what looks to have once been a small dam, and this appears to be where the piping begins. I am unsure what this water system was used for, but it seems to end in the area of the old N.H highway department camp (Route 302 / Webster-Jackson Trail area).

Elephant Head Brook in Carroll, New Hampshire during the summer months.
Fleming Flume (middle section) – Carroll, New Hampshire
 

It is not possible to capture all of Fleming Flume in one image, so it has to be photographed in sections. Just a guess on my part, the flume might be around 200 feet long. The bottom half of the flume is tough to reach unless you go directly up or down the brook.

A section of Elephant Head Brook in Carroll, New Hampshire during the summer months.
Fleming Flume (middle section) – Carroll, New Hampshire
 

As you can see in the included photos, the water levels are extremely low here in the White Mountains. And because of this, I didn’t even bother to photograph the lower section of Fleming Flume. But after a good rain storm and during the spring months I think this flume will look good.

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 Fleming Flume here.

Happy image making..


 

Please keep in mind the history of the White Mountains is not cut–and–dry subject matter. The information included in this blog article is based on my research and knowledge of the White Mountains.

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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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