Crawford Notch, thoughts inspired by "Passing Through"

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Crawford Notch, thoughts inspired by "Passing Through"


Bethann Weick


November 2012


Passing Through: The Allure of the White Mountains

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By the late 1700s, travel through Crawford Notch was established, albeit not by an exceptionally easy route. However, the Notch was important as a vital throughway from the Connecticut River to the seacoast trading centers (notably Portland, ME). Consequently, a traversable route was more rapidly created here versus in Franconia or Pinkham Notches, for example.

Through the early 1800s, improvements continued to the road and commercial traffic steadily grew. As a result, a few inns opened along this route for market goers. As word of these accommodations spread, they began to draw early sightseers to the Crawford Notch region.

Not only sightseers, but also botanists, writers, artists, and the like ventured to the scenic retreats of Crawford Notch. The images they returned southward with, and their enthusiasm for the region’s beauty, further encouraged tourism to the area.

Interestingly enough, historical markers from this period that are some of the most visited tourist destinations within Crawford Notch today. Re-enactments of the Crawford family are regularly performed, and the Wiley house (another story for another time) stands as a reminder of the mountains’ unpredictability. Nowadays, travel through Crawford Notch can be done in an hour, yet the beauty - the views, the cliffs, waterfalls and riverbeds – continue to elicit reactions of awe and excited reminiscent of those first travelers centuries before. Experience it! The dramatic grandeur of Crawford Notch continues to beckon.



Bethann Weick, “Crawford Notch, thoughts inspired by "Passing Through",” The Cairn, accessed August 27, 2015,