Carl Brown, of Whitefield, sent me these pictures of Crystal Hills Lodge in the mid fifties.  Carl is the son of Meg and Les Brown, the owners.  Carl grew up in the ski lodge business, now builds dog-sleds. His sister, Wendy, was recently spotted ski instructing at Mad River Glen.   Click on these images to see the full size version.
Les and Meg Brown Family
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Lodging in Intervale - Page 2
THE GREAT FIRE ON MOUNT WASHINGTON — OTHER RECENT EVENTS OF INTEREST Aside from the establishment of the White Mountain National Forest, to be dealt with in the next chapter, the most notable event in recent White Mountain history is an occurrence which has already been several times mentioned incidentally, the great fire of the night of Thursday, June 18, 1908, by which the active portion of the settlement on New England's highest point was in a few hours wiped out and the Summit thrown back to the primitive conditions of half a century before. This most disastrous conflagration not only was a serious setback to the business interests concerned, — a reparable injury, — but, by its removal of a number of ancient landmarks about which were clustered memories and associations of many sort, it occasioned a sentimental loss which cannot be recovered. For it was with genuine sorrow that the news of the fire came to thousands throughout this country and in distant lands, and particularly was the destruction of the hotel lamented by those who as permanent summer guests had enjoyed the hospitality and shelter of the Summit.House, and by those whose occupations were in connection with the enterprises conducted on the Summit.

Read the Entire Article at Chronicles of the White Mountains By Frederick Wilkinson Kilbourne
The Intervale, New Hampshire
By Winfield S. Nevins  1887


Since the text on map at left is a little fuzzy, I have translated the text, top to bottom,
Coming from North Conway:

Mrs Bigelow     Bigelow FarmHouse

Rev Dr. Curry      Willey Graves

Mr Hurd               Mr Schoular

Bellevue       Mr Fetties

Mrs Caroll        Idlewild

Intervale house     Mrs Pendexster

Pendexter Mansion      Langdon House

Dr Worcester
1887:  Lodgings in Intervale:  The Intervale House, Stephen Mudgett and Sons, proprietors, was built in 1860 by W. H. H. Trickey, one of the pioneers in mountain hotelkeeping and for some years later proprietor of the Jackson Falls House. The Intervale was then a small house compared with its present proportions. In 1871, Frank Mudgett and Alfred Eastman purchased the hotel. They retained the manager of the house until 1874 when Stephen Mudgett bought out Mr. Eastman's interest and took charge of the business with his sons, Frank A. Mudgett and Herbert Mudgett Intervale Houseand thus the firm has remained ever since. Additions have been made to the house from time to time, the most extensive being the large wing added on the easterly side in the fall of 1883. When the frame for this had been raised the great gale of November blew it down, but the Mudgetts, nothing daunted, prepared and raised a new frame. This addition was a great improvement. It gave the house a beautiful large parlor with a smaller parlor on one side and a children's dining room on the other. Both parlors have magnificent fireplaces of vast dimensions. They are handsomely finished and furnished. There was also added at this time a spacious dining hall with a seating capacity of two hundred. A wide piazza extends nearly around the whole house, giving a promenade of over 400 feet. On the lower floor in the older part of the house are a large office in the front end, a private office, billiard and reading rooms, two or three reception rooms, etc. There are five handsome fireplaces in this section of the house, that in the office being a strikingly large one. Extensive improvements were made about the office this spring (1887). Besides the changes in the north wing, the ceilings of the dining room and parlors were beautifully frescoed and the walls tinted, while the walls and ceilings of the rest of the house were tinted and the outside painted. Improvements were made in the sanitary arrangements. The Intervale table is second to none in the White Mountains. Mr. Mudgett, senior, looks after the food supply; Frank Mudgett thas the general management of the rooms and the assignment thereof; while "Bert's" specialty is the stable, and it is the best equipped of any in this section. A large cottage near the main house offers a few good rooms for those who desire to escape the noise and bustle of the hotel. The telegraph office is in one corner of this cottage. A plank walk leads to the station from the hotel. Croquet, tennis and ball grounds, billiard table and bowling alley, present a wide range for choice of lighter diversions.

 The Bellevue, J. A. Barnes, proprietor, stands on the knoll just beyond the Intervale. It is a sightly location and one excellently adapted for perfect drainage and to insure health and comfort. Bellevue Hotel Intervale NHMr. Barnes built this house himself in 1872, and for fifteen years has been its popular landlord and proprietor. Hundreds of New England people have found here a pleasant summer home. In the fall of 1886, the house was very materially enlarged by the addition of an L to the rear which nearly doubles its capacity. The house now accommodates about seventy guests, all in good rooms. It is kept open from the first of June until the last of October.

The Pendexter Mansion
about three minutes walk to the north of the station, Pendexter Mansion view westis one of the most charming houses in this section. It, too, commands an unobstructed view of the Intervale and the mountains around it. This house, which accommodates fifty guests, was built by Mrs. C. C. Pendexter in 1872, and has always remained under her excellent management, Pendexter Mansionand maintained a reputation for being homelike. An addition was made to the cottage in 1886, and other recent improvements serve to render this mansion attractive; many of its rooms are heated and the house is open the year round. Its winter night suppers for sleighing parties are famous. For regular boarders it is open from the first of May until the last of October.

langdon houseThe Langdon House, directly opposite the Mansion, is the newest boarding house of the Intervale group; that is, as a hotel of any size. Previous to 1884, the Pendexters had taken a few boarders in their farm house, but had been unable to find room for all who desired to tarry with them: so, in the spring of '84, they built a large addition to the house and remodelled the original part. The Langdon now has twenty-five good new fresh rooms, every one looking out on more or less mountain scenery. The table is largely supplied from the home farm. Mr. John Pendexter, an old resident of the village, and his son J. Langdon Pendexter, now manage the house. It is open to receive guests as early in the season as they wish to come and will provide for them until winter sounds the bugle for the return.

 IdlewildOther hotels are the Idlewild, (picture left) a very prettily located house nearly opposite the Intervale House; Mrs. Pendexter's farm-house close by the station; and the pleasantly situated Fairview Cottage of C. A.Tasker. The last named is the northernmost of the strictly Intervale hotels and is on the road toward Bartlett, (picture next page)about half a mile. It is a pretty, freshlooking house with trees and lawns in front and a magnificent view in the rear, over the intervale and the ledges. The house bears an excellent reputation for its good table and pleasant rooms.

     (Website editors note:  Due to inflation, $1.00 in 1880 is the equivalent of $20. in 2008,  So 20 cents car fare then would be the equivalent of about $4.00 today)

And now a word as to the cost of things at the Intervale. Board at the Intervale House is from $10.50 to $16.50 per week, according to room, number in party and time of stay. At the smaller houses the rates vary from $7.00 to $12.00. Single teams for one or two persons are let for $1.00 an hour, double teams $1.50 to $2.00. People are driven to North Conway for 50 cents. The price of seats for parties of five or more in mountain wagons are usually about as follows: Base of Pequawket, 50 cents j Kearsarge village and return by North Conway, $i .00; Artists'Falls, $1.06; Conway Comer or Centre, $2.00; Fryeburg, $2.00; Echo Lake, Cathedral and Diana's Baths $1.50 (any one of these, 75 cents) ; Humphrey's Ledge (base) $1.00 and (summit) $2.00; Albany drive, $2.00; Upper Bartlett, $2.00 . Jackson, $2.00; Pinkham Notch and Glen House, - £4.00. The car fare between North Conway and Intervale is 15 cents; return tickets Intervale to North Conway, 20 cents. Fare to Glen Station 15 cents; to Fabyan's $2.00; go and return same day, $3.00. A regular train will run from North Conway and Intervale to Fabyan's in the morning to connect with the train up Mt. Washington and with trains over the northern and western roads. It will return to North Conway at night. There are usually four trains each way between the Intervale and Fabyan's. In September and October much lower rates can be obtained at the hotels than in July and August. There is certainly no pleasanter season of the year in which to visit this section than the latter part of September or in October. Then come delightful days when the air is pure and clear and the views of the mountains especially fine. Then one derives more benefit from being out of doors, than in July or August, and thoroughly enjoys the evening hearth-fire's ruddy glow. "G. T. C.," writing in the "Boston Courier" last September, said: "The Divine Artist is beginning to paint with his magic brush the distant mountain sides, and varies the hue from scarlet to red and gold, then to russet. The sweet odors of shrubs and wild flowers come laden upon the breeze and all the pleasant scents of dying summer soothe our tranquil senses."
There are various routes to Intervale. From Boston the most direct is over the Boston and Maine road to North Conway, thence over the Portland and Ogdensburg. The trains run through the Notch from Boston and no change of cars is required. The Maine offers two routes. By the Eastern division we go through Lynn, Salem, Newburyport, Portsmouth, Great Falls, etc., passing also the noted summer resorts of Swampscott, Beverly and the Hamptons. Trains usually leave at 9.30 A. M. and 1.30 p. M., though this may be varied slightly from year to year. The former is known as the " Flying Mountaineer " and reaches Intervale about 2.10. p. M. By the Western division passengers go through Lawrence, Haverhill, Exeter, and Dover, and join the Eastern division trains at Great Falls. The trip may be made over the Boston and Maine to Portland and thence by the Ogdensburg. A somewhat longer but not less interesting route is that over the Boston and Lowell to Fabyan's, thence down through the Notch by the Ogdensburg. The Portland and Ogdensburg railroad is one of the masterpieces of nineteenth century engineering. From Portland to Glen Station it passes through a beautiful rural section. Beyond Glen Station it. lies along a mountainous region, cutting into the flinty spurs, spanning chasms, deep and wide, and frequently crossing rushing rivers. One of the most enjoyable routes to the mountains is by the boat from Boston to Portland, thence over the Ogdensburg. The steamers of the night line run every night, leaving India wharf, Boston, at seven o'clock in summer, and at five the rest of the year. Usually, the boats of this line run day trips for a month or two of summer leaving at 8 A. M. The boats of this line are finely appointed. The steamers of the International line leave Commercial wharf Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 8.30 A. M. for Portland and St. John, in summer. They reach Portland at 4 p. M., in time to take the evening train for Intervale. A day trip from Boston to Portland on the boat on a pleasant day is one of unsurpassed attractiveness among all our local ocean travel. The Ogdensburg road connects at Portland with the Maine Central to Mt. Desert and St. John, and people leaving Intervale in the forenoon can be at Bar Harbor for supper. At Bangor, the Bangor and Piscataquis road branches off for Moosehead Lake, the great New England fishing ground.
Source, Sweetser's Guide 1886

It is impossible to estimate the number of summer-visitors who now enter the White-Mountain region. One railroad alone claims to have carried 160,000 in one season. It is said that over $3,000,000 are spent in the State every year by pleasure-travellers. Fogg's Stalutical Gazeteer says that the annual income from summer-tourists in 17 towns near the White Mountains is 636,000; in 16 towns near the Franconia Mountains it is $300,000; and in 14 towns in the lake-country it is $ 340,000, — making an aggregate of $ 1,276,000, exclusive of the receipts of several of the great mountain-hotels, the Maine and Vermont border-towns, and the railroads, which would probably swell the sum to above $ 2,500,000.
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Crystal Hills Lodge and Ski Dorm was operated from the 1940's to the 1960's by Meg and Les Brown.  In the early 1960's they renamed it the House of Color which operated as a large gift and souvenir shop.
Crystal Hills Postcard 1958
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