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.

 

Abandoned Places

Redstone Granite Quarry in Conway, New Hampshire
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 ...

Abandoned Railroads

Plymouth Diesel Locomotive - Lincoln, New Hampshire
Railroads in the New Hampshire White Mountains: ScenicNH Photography has an extensive image collection that showcases the abandoned logging railroads in the White Mountains. Documenting the historic logging railroads in their current state is an ongoing project by Erin Paul Donovan, owner of ScenicNH Photography. The East Branch & Lincoln Railroad is our main focus, but we have many images of other railroads in the region on file. Below is a list of logging railroads in the White Mountains and articles focused on the abandoned ...

Forgotten Town History

Snow Covered Trestle - Pemi Wilderness, New Hampshire
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 ...

Hiking Trails, White Mountains

Davis Path in the White Mountains New Hampshire | ScenicNH Photography LLC
History of hiking trails in the White Mountains, New Hampshire. The hiking trails in the White Mountains are known for being rugged and steep, but how they came to be is often overlooked. Trails that were built in the 1800s and early 1900s are still in use today; and the oldest continuously-used mountain trail in America, Crawford Path in the Presidential Range, is located in the White Mountains. With the use of photography, writing, and research, this work focuses on the history of the White ...

Historic Buildings

Fabyan Guard Station - White Mountains, New Hampshire USA
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 ...

Historic Roads

Sandwich Notch Road - Sandwich, New Hampshire
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 ...

Interesting Characters, White Mountains

Old Man of the Mountain - Franconia Notch State Park
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 ...

Mountain and Trail History

Great Gulf Wilderness - White Mountains, New Hampshire
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 ...

Mountains, New Hampshire

Mt Lafayette - Franconia Notch, New Hampshire
Mountain history, New Hampshire White Mountains. The scenic beauty of the White Mountains is known worldwide, but how the mountains in this region came to be is often overlooked. In July 1820, the Weeks-Brackett party, guided by Ethan Allen Crawford, hiked Mount Washington. And the purpose of this hike was to give names to all the mountains in the Presidential Range (Mount Washington was already named). This work focuses on the history of the mountains in the White Mountains, New Hampshire ...

Plane Crashes, White Mountains

Mount Success - 1954 Douglas DC-3 Plane Crash
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 ...

Waterfalls, White Mountains

Rollo Fall - Randolph, New Hampshire
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 ...

 

Notes:

• 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.