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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Crawford Notch: 1900

Crawford Notch: 1900

New Hampshire circa 1900. "Crawford Notch from Mount Willard, White Mountains." And on the horizon, the Grayscale Range. View full size.

 

The Notch

Went there a couple of years ago. Took the train ride and the highway. The train ride let you see a lot.

God's Country

I live about an hour from Crawford Notch and have travelled there many times for photo shoots on the train tracks. It is one of the most beautiful places in NH, by far.

Another view

Still very pretty.

U-shaped valley

Glacier sez I WUZ HERE

NH Forest Facts

It's not well known, but there was much more cleared land in New Hampshire during the 19th century than there is now. Scenes such as this Shorpy photo depicts are typical of the White Mountain National Forest today.

Looking southeast

This is now Crawford Notch State Park and the farm we see is an open square adjacent to the park entrance.

You can't view it from this angle easily in Google Maps but Google Earth it's easy enough to find.

Nether lands

As children back in the forties we called it "Nawford's Crotch." Regardless, a beautiful part of New England, then and now.

NH Uncut

It is interesting to see a photo of virtually unspoiled New England on Shorpy. The only evidence of man is the railroad track and the building with the road in the clearing. Other than that, it looks pristine.

 
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