Pemigewasset River – White Mountains, New Hampshire
2020 Year in Review, White Mountains – As the year comes to an end, I am still trying to understand this pandemic. And I am also still trying to grasp how badly overrun the White Mountains have been this year. While there appears to be a vaccine for the virus, there is no immediate solution for the current human impact issue here in the White Mountains.
If you live in the White Mountains region, did you ever think the outdoor community would be fighting about the definition of “local” and vehicles at trailheads being vandalized just because they have out-of-state license plates? With social media fueling the fire, this year has been an awful display of what the White Mountains outdoor community is all about. For better or worse, social media has changed outdoor recreation.
Woodstock & Thornton Gore Railroad – White Mountains, New Hampshire
Woodstock & Thornton Gore Railroad – Incorporated in March 1909, this short-lived logging railroad was operated by the Woodstock Lumber Company, a subsidy of the Parker-Young Company. It began at the Woodstock Lumber Company’s sawmill (built by the Publishers Paper Company) on the western bank of the Pemigewasset River in Woodstock, New Hampshire. From the mill, it traveled roughly 8 miles into the Eastman Brook drainage, traveling through the northern portion of Thornton*, known as the “Gore”, ending in Livermore.
For a couple of years before the railroad was built, horse teams were used to drag logs out of the forest to the Woodstock sawmill. But once the Woodstock & Thornton Gore Railroad was established, the Iron Horse took over the duties. Some of Tripoli Road and Little East Pond Trail utilize the old railroad bed. Three Shay geared locomotives, all 50-tonners, were used on the railroad, and the track equipment was leased from the Boston & Maine Railroad.
Tripoli Road (Autumn) – White Mountains, New Hampshire
Tripoli Road, White Mountains – The autumn foliage season is a great time to travel the backroads in the New Hampshire White Mountains. Being a photographer, I love exploring New Hampshire’s backroad because I always find interesting subject matter to photograph. And the history attached to some of these lonely dirt roads is amazing.
Completed in 1934, Tripoli Road for most of its length is an unpaved bumpy dirt road that connects Waterville Valley and Woodstock. It was built by the USFS (likely with the help of the Civilian Conservation Corps) and named after the mill that was in the area, Tripoli Mill. Roadside camping is allowed at designated sites along Tripoli Road making this area very busy during the weekends and holidays.