Automobiles in the Whites
- Automobiles in the Whites
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Perhaps the most significant change to the mountain landscape through the popularization of gas-powered vehicles is the ubiquitous Auto Road up Mt. Washington. Originally a carriage road, the first Stanley “locomobile” ascended in 1899. In fact, Mt. Washington was used as a test point for early American cars. At first, however, autos driven by the public were barred from the auto road as the vehicles frightened the horses pulling carriages. Nevertheless, rules changed quickly: as of 1906 cars were allowed on Sundays only; by 1911 the Auto Road was dedicated to automobiles exclusively. Today, a drive up Rt. 16 past Glen tells us that the rest is history, as they say.
Bethann Weick, “Automobiles in the Whites,” The Cairn, accessed March 12, 2014, http://www.plymouth.edu/the-cairn/items/show/56.
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