Scenic Gems of the White Mountains (Classic Reprint)

Scenic Gems of the White Mountains (Classic Reprint)

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Less than one hundred miles distant from the Atlantic at Portland, their principal peak, Mt. Washington, crown of New England, rises to an altitude of feet above the sea level. Upon its summit, which is reached by a cog railway three miles long, are several buildings, including the spacious Summit House, with accommodations for 150 guests. Without doubt Mt. Washington, while not. So high as several Appalachian peaks in the Carolinas,' is the most distinctive and popular peak in the east, if not in all America.

The entire region abounds in pleasant mountain villages, of which North Conway and Jackson on the west side, with Bethlehem and Jefferson on the east side, are the best examples, and great isolated mountain hotels like Crawford's, Fabyan's and the Profile House, each with its numerous auxiliaries grouped at some coign of vantage or about some great. Natural phenomena. These mountain resorts are in the centre of a great summer playground for the tourist. The St. Lawrence is but a half day's journey by rail to the north, while the remarkable sea-coast of the State of Maine 'is so near that the breaking surf upon the sands of Old Orchard Beach may be seen with a good glass from the summit of. Mt. Washington. Transportation is furnished by the Boston Maine Railroad in six hours from the Hub; by through trains along the Connecticut River route from New York City, and by the Maine Central Rail road, which, from the sea at Portland, penetrates the heart of the Crawford Notch, reaching Fabyans in four eventful hours through a region abounding with startling-scenic e?'ects.

The grouping of the views which are given in this collection has been carefully done to preserve the idea of locality. The divide between the East and West Sides occurs at Crawfords, in a narrow rock pass, the upper gateway, cut by the engineers of the Maine Central Railroad from the bare shoulders of Mt. Willard. Here the carriage road and the turbulent Saco River pass side by side from the plateau which holds the Crawford, Mt. Pleasant and Fabyan houses into the narrow mountain walled bowl of the Crawford Notch.

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