The Forgotten White Mountains

Photos showing the forgotten White Mountains. Mount Washington from the summit of Mount Jefferson in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA  during the summer months.
Mount Washington – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

The Forgotten White Mountains – When most think about the New Hampshire White Mountains, the beauty of the region first comes to mind. The mighty Mount Washington rules the Presidential Range and keeps visitors of the area busy for hours. And during the winter months, ski areas offer an unforgettable view of the mountains blanketed in snow. The White Mountains are an outdoor lover’s paradise.

What I just described is tourism (camping, fishing, hiking, skiing, etc.) and it has been a big part of the White Mountains since the early days. And it has been said the historic August 1826 Willey landslide tragedy in Crawford Notch had a connection to the rise of tourism in America. Now in the 21st century, historical sites are of great interest to many, so today I am going to share a few photos of the forgotten White Mountains.

Possibly remnants of a stone foundation from a building at Camp 14 (Hancock Branch) of the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad (1893-1948) in New Hampshire. The East Pond Trail utilizes this section of the railroad bed and travels by this site.
Camp 14 – East Branch & Lincoln Railroad, New Hampshire
 

The moss covered pile of boulders above is possibly remnants of a stone foundation from a building at Camp 14 (Hancock Branch) of the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad. Today’s East Pond Trail utilizes the railroad bed and travels by this site. Mother nature has swallowed up many of the old logging camps.

Site of the abandoned Whitehouse Mills on the Pemigewasset River, along the Pemi Trail, in Franconia Notch of Lincoln, New Hampshire. This was an 1890s mill owned by Frank W. Whitehouse.
Whitehouse Mill – Franconia Notch, New Hampshire
 

A telltale sign that man was once in an area is old rock foundations (above). These rocks piles are often overlooked because they blend in well with the surroundings. What you see here is believed to be remnants of a building foundation at the 1890s Whitehouse Mill on the Pemigewasset River in Franconia Notch. Owned by Frank W. Whitehouse, this mill was located about one mile north of the now gone Flume House. Today’s Pemi Trail passes by this site.

Remnants of Tripoli Mill which is along the old Woodstock & Thornton Gore Railroad in Livermore, New Hampshire USA. This mill dredged East Pond for diatomaceous earth in the early 1900s.
Tripoli Mill – Livermore, New Hampshire
 

All types or mills were scattered throughout the White Mountains during the 18th and 19th century, and the abandoned 1900s Tripoli Mill is one of the more interesting ones. This mill was located along the Woodstock & Thornton Gore Railroad, today's Tripoli Road. And it dredged East Pond for diatomaceous earth in the early 1900s.

Remnants of one of the several dams on the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River in Lincoln, New Hampshire. This particular dam was located east of Loon Mountain.
1900s Dam – East Branch of the Pemigewasset River, New Hampshire
 

During the Lincoln logging and mill era, there were several dams on the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River. Two of these dams were used to generate electrical power. One was located just below today’s Loon Mountain bridge, and the other was located upriver from the bridge just above where Clear Brook drains into the East Branch. The timber and metal rods in the above photo are from the dam that was located upriver.

The historic timber trestle 16, which crosses Black Brook, along the abandoned East Branch & Lincoln Railroad (1893-1948) in the Pemigewasset Wilderness of Lincoln, New Hampshire.  During Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 one of the stone supports was washed away causing this section of the trestle to drop about two feet. This image shows how the trestle looked days after Tropical Irene.
Trestle 16 – East Branch & Lincoln Railroad, New Hampshire
 

Built in the early 1900s, one of the grandest pieces of White Mountains history is Trestle No. 16 (above) in the Pemigewasset Wilderness. It crosses Black Brook along the abandoned East Branch & Lincoln Railroad. This trestle has lasted longer than most have ever expected, and it is amazing that it is still standing.

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Happy image making..


 

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Erin Paul is a professional photographer who specializes in the environment and historic preservation of New Hampshire. His work is published worldwide, and credits include; Backpacker Magazine, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and The Wilderness Society. His blog articles are intended to create awareness for historic preservation and land conservation.

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