Before Pinkham was Popular.

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Before Pinkham was Popular.


Bethann Weick




Passing Through: The Allure of the White Mountains

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Before Pinkham was Popular

Today, the area north and east of the Presidentials is a thriving mecca for tourists and recreationists throughout the four seasons. From Jackson and Intervale through Pinkham Notch and the Glen, these vallies, notches and hollows draw hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Travel is simple and easy, accommodations guarenteed, and services abundant.

The Museum of the White Mountains' current exhibition on travelling through the mountains, however, reminds us that conditions were quite different until recent history. Indeed, this side of the Presidentials was largely left to Native Americans until the early 1800s. Not until the 1820s did the first settlers appear in Martin's Landing, the area just north of the Glen. The history of Pinkham Notch and the surounding area begins considerably later than that of Crawford Notch.

But like Crawford, the growth of the Pinkham Notch area was also spurred forward by one particular family - The Copps. Dodifer Hayes Copp, known as Hayes, first settled the area, later joined by his wife Dolly. Together, they carved a thriving homestead and liveihood from the harsh, granite, wooded landscape.

The Copps operated an inn, offering travelers room, board, and stable. Dolly in particular was well known for her hospitality and good meals. Their presence, and the security they offered way-farers, contributed substantially to the steady growth of the region that would soon follow.

Today, the legacy of Hayes and Dolly Copp lives on - you can visit the Dolly Copp Campground, and use the Dolly Copp Connector trail as you set off for adventures in the Great Gulf Wilderness or on the steep mountainsides of Madison.



Bethann Weick, “Before Pinkham was Popular. ,” The Cairn, accessed November 30, 2015,