an interesting account of the 1834 Willey Slide and Rescue as told
by Ebenezer Tasker, who was the son of a member of the rescue party.
Names mentioned are Edward Melcher, Jonathan Rogers, Samuel Tuttle, Abram
Allen, Samuel Stillings and Isaac Fall as members of the group.
Reference to Judge Hall's Tavern and Tasker's 116 acre farm.
This article was published in The New York Times, August 20, 1894.
Here is a link to a PDF version of the story:
The logging village of Carrigain was at the junction
with the Saco River Logging Railroad which ran up to Livermore. The
building in the picture was the company store. The village also had a
church, school and many simple homes in addition to the mill and other
company buildings. When logging operations ended the town was
abandoned and today there is barely a trace that anything was ever there.
Photo courtesy Ben English "A
Century of Railroading in Crawford Notch".
More Photos at White Mountain History. Org.
LINK OPENS IN NEW WINDOW
There is a good description and many pictures contained
in the book, "Harts Location in Crawford Notch
in 1997, authored by Marion L. Varney.
Crawford Notch 2
"The Ambitious Guest"
is a short story by
. First published in New-England Magazine
in June of
, it is better known for its publication in the second volume of
A man visits a family on a mountain side that is a famous stop for
people who travel on the route. The family asks him to stay, then the
mountain begins to tremble but the father reassure that the mountain
won't go down, and he has a hideaway in the event that it does. The
stranger gives them some advice and the mountain became to fall. They
ran to the safe house but didn't make it. The snow never hit the house.
Some people noticed that they were gone but nobody knew the stranger.
The basis of the story is the
Willey tragedy of
Mountain Ear Newspaper Article, March 1984:
Evans Family Reunion at the Notchland Inn. The Bernardins owned the
Inn at this time.
We received this article courtesy of Bob Girouard who has given us many
items from the Ray Evans Collection.
HARTS LOCATION TOWN REPORT FROM 1937:
The Gateway, early stereoscope view. Note
how small the pond is compared to today. Corral and garden plot.
I see no sign of the railroad which would indicate this picture was taken
This undated view shows a man with unreadable sign and railroad.
English Jack lived in the vicinity of the Crawford
House. Check this website's index for more about him. Also a
complete story and many pictures at the White Mountain History Org website. Here is the
History is happening all around us, everyday. So many events slip by
that don't seem very important at the time.
I wish I had been paying
more attention to things that passed me by.
I remember this happening...Took a quick look and drove right on by.
End of the Line