Darby Field, First Ascent – Mount Washington, New Hampshire
Random History, White Mountains – My work as a photographer has allowed me to explore and document many historical sites in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. And it really has changed the way I view the White Mountains. It amazes me that Darby Field made the first ascent of Mount Washington in 1642. And farming settlements and grand resorts were scattered throughout the region in the 1800s.
With outdoor recreation at an all-time high in the White Mountains, it is important to create awareness for the region's history. The more history we outdoor enthusiasts know about an area, the more attached we become to the area. And because of this connection, it inspires us to get involved with conservation. And yes, there will always be some that feel the history is insignificant, but that is for another day. Today’s blog article consists of a few random tidbits of history.
Artifact – Gordon Pond Railroad, New Hampshire
Personal Work, Identify This Artifact – I have been working on one of my long term personal projects for the last few weeks. This project is focused on the abandoned railroads in the New Hampshire White Mountains. For the most part, I keep this work separated from my everyday photography business because there is not much interest for this type of imagery (or market in the photography world) outside of New England.
I have been documenting, with a camera, the abandoned logging railroads for over a decade and have been exploring them for as long as I can remember. This project has taken me into parts of the White Mountains I would have never visited or photographed under normal circumstances. And if you are wondering my favorite abandoned railroad is the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad in Lincoln, but that is for another day.
Boston & Maine Railroad, New Hampshire – Fabyans Trestle
Boston & Maine Railroad, Mt Washington Branch – Built by the Boston, Concord & Montreal Railroad, the Mt Washington Branch was completed in 1876 and leased to the Boston & Maine Railroad in 1895. The branch was about six miles long and traveled from Fabyans in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire to the base of the Cog Railway. The last passenger trains to the Base Station, where this branch ended, ran on August 31, 1931, and the branch was closed in June 1932.