Winding, leaping Silver Cascade

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Winding, leaping Silver Cascade


This image of Silver Cascade was taken for the MWM by Lauren Plummer. The contemporary image was put into historical context by MWM scholar, Dr. Marcia Schmidt Blaine, using Thomas Starr King's 1859 The White Hills.

Nineteenth-century guidebooks provided quite different information from today’s tourist information. Seldom did the books provided directions to a site since it was expected that tourists would hire guides. The earliest ones included literary references for each site; all nineteenth-century guidebooks presented long, vivid descriptions, even as author John Spaulding noted that “words cannot describe faithfully the magnificent scenery” of the White Mountains.

Silver Cascade:

“Those who love mountain cascades, and especially those who love to climb to them through the undisturbed wilderness, will find now a new temptation to a drive into the Notch and through it from the Crawford House. The Flume and Silver Cascade pouring down from Mount Webster have gladdened the eyes of almost all the visitors to the hotel, for they are visible from the road. The windings and leapings of the Silver Cascade, whose downward path for more than a mile is in view, suggest the movement and in part the picture of Shelley’s lines [he then quotes Shelley].”


Photograph by Lauren Plummer; Excerpt by T. S. King


King, Thomas Starr. The White Hills: Their Legends, Landscape and Poetry. Boston: Chick and Andrews, 1871 [originally 1859].


Photograph taken July 2013; Guidebook published (originally) 1859


Passing Through: The Allure of the White Mountains


Visit the spot where Lauren took this photograph: 44'13'39"N, 71'25'4"W



Photograph by Lauren Plummer; Excerpt by T. S. King, “Winding, leaping Silver Cascade,” The Cairn, accessed November 28, 2015,