The White Mountain National Forest and Great North Woods have been described as “nature’s mammoth museum.” This is a land of many lakes and rivers, mountains and waterfalls, and pristine natural splendor, abundant with historic charm. The White Mountain National Forest was established by presidential proclamation in 1918. It owes its existence to the passage of the Weeks Act of 1911, which enabled the federal government to purchase land and establish a national forest in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. It is one of the most visited natural sites in the country, and tourists from all over the world make seasonal visits to this recreational haven. This book takes the reader on a historical journey through the national forest, including the majesty and grandeur of the Presidential Range, Great Gulf Wilderness, Pemigewasset Wilderness, and Sandwich Range Wilderness, as well as Franconia Notch, Pinkham Notch, Crawford Notch, and Great North Woods.
About the Author
Bruce D. Heald, Ph.D., has written extensively on New Hampshire’s history. In this book, he has assembled a rare collection of images from the archives of the White Mountain National Forest.
Table of Contents
1 The Presidential Range 9
2 The Great Gulf Wilderness 25
3 The Great North Woods 29
4 The Pemigewasset Wilderness 41
5 The Sandwich Range Wilderness 57
6 North Conway 63
7 Crawford Notch 69
8 Pinkham Notch 75
9 Early-20th-Century Logging in the White Mountains 79
10 Recreation in the White Mountain National Forest 87
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