This was called The Forest Inn
located in Bartlett
Village on the corner of Forest Ave and Rte 302.. This one should be an easy one for someone out there to
provide me some background story. Use the "contact" link above.
was originally the private
Residence of GK Howard
and before he opened the Howard
Hotel he had taken in travellers at this location. Eventually he sold
the building to Elizabeth and John OConnell
They operated it as an Inn until 1945. The postcard below, with a postmark
of 1948, states the owners as George and Hazel
of Jackson. The building now serves as the
Brettl-hupfers ski club. Click on the image
large size, and click on the postcard back side to read the message dated
Postcard courtesy of Michael Bannon of Bartlett Village
CRAWFORD NOTCH POSTCARD DATED
1913 on the back side. Probable location is about a half mile west
of where Silver Springs Campground was located. We are looking east. This card scanned from the collection of
Coles Cabins and Coles Restaurant
operated by Henry and Sadie Cole
beginning about 1935. It
is said that Sadie had quite a temper and one needed to be alert for fry
pans flying around.
purchased the cabins and
restaurant in 1955 and the bigger house in the background is where Lewis and
Sandra Mead live. Lewis died in 2008. Click on the lower picture
and you will see the gas pumps that, in 1935, were in the driveway of the
main house. They were later moved eastward to the front of the cabin office.
Sandra still lives in the main house and the cabins and restaurant building
are now A Better Life Cabins
his picture is dated 1924 and the caption identifies
Sadie Cole, Flor, Dell, Paul, Mara and V. This photo courtesy
Website editors note:
As I continue working on this
web site I have noticed that in the 1930's practically every establishment
had gasoline pumps.
In fact, between North Conway and the entrance to Crawford Notch there was a
gas station just about every mile or two....and I have seen pictures of at
least six active gas stations in Bartlett Village alone during the
As late as 1970 the Village area had at least 5 operating gas and service
stations. Now there are none.
It also seems that practically everyone with a spare room was in the lodging
business as well...
The miniature picture below is the back side of the postcard picture shown
in the box at left.
dated 1944 and is addressed to Paul Butler in Patterson, New Jersey.
Read the card by clicking on it.
The Gateway Cottages, later The Target, then The Abenaki Motel
These Photos are titled "Howard's Camp" and dated 1930 on the back. It
is recognizable as the later named Henry Mead's Silver Springs Campground.
Today you will find it as an un-named building about a half mile east of the
Harts Location Town Line. The building shown here was destroyed by
fire and re-built. The once famed Sawyer's Rock is just around the corner on
the left. It has been mostly blasted away to widen the road.
CLICK PICTURES FOR A LARGER VERSION IN A NEW WINDOW.
were owned and operated by Ray Glendenning
in the 1930's. Each of the ten cabins was just large enough for a bed
and a burea. They were located just east of the Bartlett Town Ball
Field. There are just two of these buildings still standing, one of
which was recently repaired and resided. Click the picture for a super
Thank you to Michael Bannon for the scan of these two cards.
This card is dated 1938
The little cottages/camps were minimalistic. Most all of them were
torn down or moved in the 1960's