The Mount Washington Cog Railway

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Take a breathtaking ride on the Cog Railway to the summit of Mount Washington through the scenic White Mountains of New Hampshire.

On July 3, 1869, the approximately three-mile track leading to the summit of picturesque Mount Washington opened for public use. Once, only those daring enough to scale the 6,288 feet could enjoy the splendor of the scenery, but now everyone could journey to the summit using the invention of retired businessman Sylvester Marsh, who dreamed of this ...

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Overview

Take a breathtaking ride on the Cog Railway to the summit of Mount Washington through the scenic White Mountains of New Hampshire.

On July 3, 1869, the approximately three-mile track leading to the summit of picturesque Mount Washington opened for public use. Once, only those daring enough to scale the 6,288 feet could enjoy the splendor of the scenery, but now everyone could journey to the summit using the invention of retired businessman Sylvester Marsh, who dreamed of this mountainous mode of transportation. Created at the height of the age of rail, the Cog Railway continues to chug up the mountain and into the hearts of tourists each year. Local historian Bruce D. Heald ties together the history of its construction with the grand romance of the railway as they triumphantly converge at the top of Mount Washington.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609491963
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/6/2011
  • Pages: 127
  • Sales rank: 973,391
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 Legend, Folklore and Origin of Mount Washington 11

2 The First Road to the Summit 22

3 Railroads to the Granite State 28

4 Sylvester Marsh's Railway: The First Railway to the Summit 34

5 Old Peppersass 49

6 The Marshfield House 56

7 Ascent of Mount Washington via the "Cog" 62

8 Buildings on the Summit 66

9 Mount Washington Ravines and Hiking the Presidential 75

10 Paths, Roads and Rail to the Summit 87

Appendix A Chronology of Historic Events 113

Appendix B Chronological List of Locomotives 116

Bibliography 119

Index 123

About the Author 128

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