White Mountains History

White Mountains, New Hampshire history, the abandoned and forgotten places in the White Mountains help tell the fascinating story of our heritage. These blog articles, photographs, and pages showcase the abandoned places, forgotten 19th-century farming settlements, 20th-century ghost towns, railroads, and tourism history (hiking, grand resorts, Mount Washington, waterfalls, etc.) in the White Mountain National Forest and the surrounding region.


Redstone Granite Quarry - Conway, NH

Abandoned Places

Abandoned places in the New Hampshire White Mountains. This work focuses on the abandoned villages, granite quarries, lost mountain settlements, and forgotten 19th century hill farming communities that are scattered throughout the White Mountains. Many of these communities were abandoned in the early 1900s. And today the cellar holes, graveyards, and stone walls that remain in the forest help tell the story of a long forgotten era ...
East Branch & Lincoln Railroad - Lincoln, New Hampshire

East Branch & Lincoln Railroad

East Branch & Lincoln Railroad, New Hampshire; this work focuses on the landscape of the railroad in its current state. Built by the timber baron James E. Henry, this was a logging railroad in operation from 1893-1948 in the New Hampshire White Mountains. Much of the railroad was located in today's Pemigewasset Wilderness. Once known as Henry’s Woods, the 45,000-acres that make up the Pemigewasset Wilderness is a backcountry hikers paradise. Almost every trail in this designated wilderness area follows or utilizes sections of the ...
Snow Covered Trestle - Pemi Wilderness, New Hampshire

Forgotten Town History

Forgotten town history, New Hampshire White Mountains; The history of many White Mountains towns dates back to the 1700s, and since then interesting places within these towns have been forgotten about. And many of these forgotten places were tourist attractions during the 1800s and 1900s. This work focuses on the interesting history and forgotten places within the towns, grants, locations, purchases, and townships in the White Mountains region and surrounding area ...
Fabyan Guard Station - White Mountains, New Hampshire USA

Historic Buildings

Historic buildings in the White Mountains, New Hampshire. This work focuses on the old buildings and structures from the 1800s and 1900s that are scattered throughout the White Mountains. Some of these buildings are still in use today and help tell the story of a long forgotten era. Old buildings, like the 19th-century historic Russell-Colbath House in Passaconaway, are amazing sites to visit. And this work focuses on the history of these old buildings ...
Sandwich Notch Road - Sandwich, New Hampshire

Historic Roads

Historic roads in the New Hampshire White Mountains. Some roads in the White Mountains started off as stagecoach roads, and they date back to the early 1800s and 1900s. Owners of the grand resorts built some roads, farmers built others, and the Civilian Conservation Corps also took part in the building of roads. These roads played an important role in the early years of farming and tourism. Today, some of these old historic routes can still be explored, and this work focuses on the history ...
Old Man of the Mountain - Franconia Notch State Park

Interesting Characters, White Mountains

Interesting characters of the New Hampshire White Mountains. Throughout the history of the White Mountains, many interesting individuals have passed through the White Mountains region. And many of these people were instrumental in developing the White Mountains into what they are today. This work focuses on the individuals that have made the White Mountains special ...
Great Gulf Wilderness - White Mountains, New Hampshire

Mountain and Trail History

Mountain and trail history, New Hampshire White Mountains. In the 21st-century, hiking plays an important role in the White Mountains tourism industry, but the rich history of the picturesque mountains and trails is often overlooked. How the mountains and trails came to be is a fascinating story; many mountains were named for famous people, and trails that were built in the 1800s are still in use today. With the use of photography, writing, and research, this work focuses on the history of the mountains and ...
Mount Success - 1954 Douglas DC-3 Plane Crash

Plane Crashes, White Mountains

Plane crashes in the White Mountains, New Hampshire. Five weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor, a Douglas B-18 Bolo Bomber crashed into the side of Mount Waternomee. And in 1959 a Piper Comanche airplane crashed in a remote area of the 45,000-acre Pemigewasset Wilderness. With the use of photography and writing, this work explores the plane crash sites in the New Hampshire White Mountains ...
Rollo Fall - Randolph, New Hampshire

Waterfalls, White Mountains

Known and forgotten waterfalls in the New Hampshire White Mountains, and the surrounding region. During the early years of the White Mountains, waterfalls played an important role in tourism (hiking, traveling, etc.). Many of the waterfalls we know today were discovered during the 1800s. And while many waterfalls in the region have been forgotten about over the years, the known ones, such as Bridal Veil Falls, still play an important role in tourism ...
Plymouth Diesel Locomotive - Lincoln, New Hampshire

White Mountains Railroads

This documentary work is an ongoing project that focuses on the abandoned 19th and 20th century logging railroads in the New Hampshire White Mountains. And the intent of this project is to photograph the various features (abandoned camps, trestles, railroad grade, etc.) of the railroads in their current state. These photos help create awareness for the history surrounding this forgotten and mysterious era of the White Mountains. The East Branch & Lincoln Railroad is the primary focus, but over the years Erin Paul has photographed ...



• ScenicNH Photography is in the business of photography. We create awareness for historic preservation and environmental conservation.

• This is not a complete list of historical sites in New Hampshire. It is a work in progress and is subject to errors and omissions.

• As you explore the historical sites in New Hampshire, keep in mind the removal of historic artifacts from federal lands is a violation of federal law.

• While ScenicNH Photography takes great measures to verify all historical information, we do not warrant the accuracy of the information.