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Winnipesaukee Cannonball: 1906

Winnipesaukee Cannonball: 1906

Circa 1906. "Railway station at Weirs -- Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire." 5x7 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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ID'ing the locomotive

I'm guessing that this is a Boston & Maine class C-17 4-6-0, based on the side view seen partway down this page.

Lovely engine. My favorite locos by far are the high-wheeled passenger 4-6-0s and 4-4-2s from the early 20th century.

Still there but not

This is not the same building as the original picture. When the Mount burned at the dock the Depot building of that time was lost where the fire consumed the dock leading from the depot. This building that replaced that building was removed some time in the last 20 years.

Shorpy's Guide to NH tourist traps continues!

First Market Square, now The Weirs. Is Monadnock next?

To clarify a previous post by nhman, the "19th ct" Mt Washington burned in 1939. The current Mt Washington II started life in 1888 on Lake Champlain. They chopped it up, put it on rail cars, and welded it back together at Lakeport to replace the burned out Mt Washington. Still pretty neat.

And now that I'm fact checking it... The train station burned down at the same time. So I'm not so sure Hillary's street view is the same building.


The name Winnipeg (the city where I was born) comes from both Cree and Ojibwe words for dirty or murky or muddy (wini) and water (nipi). Winnipesaukee is from the Abenaki language and is translated as the Smile of the Great Spirit but also Beautiful Water in a High Place or Good Smooth Water at Outlet. I favor the water option. And I suppose one person's murky is another person's beautiful.

Civil War monument

Spent many happy days at the Weirs as a child. The 19th ct Mt. Washington still plies the lake. The Civil War monument and horse trough was located in front of the NH veterans home in the 1880s and was unfortunately struck by lightning and destroyed in the 30s.

A statue in the street?

Is that a statue of a soldier leaning on his rifle directly in front of the speeding buggy, or a gas lamp hanging from the pole in the foreground?

[Looks like a water fountain with provision for horses. A common kind of street furniture of the period, though not always as fancy. -tterrace]

Still there!

The station is still in use, selling tickets for cruises on the lake and for the scenic railroad trips that use these same tracks.

Now with ample parking:

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