... in a deep, dark ravine on Ellis River

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... in a deep, dark ravine on Ellis River

Description

This image of Glen Ellis Falls was taken for the MWM by Lauren Plummer. The contemporary image was put into historical context by MWM scholar, Dr. Marcia Schmidt Blaine, using J. H. Spaulding's Historical Relics of the White Mountains.

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.

Glen Ellis Falls:

“It is on the left side of the road, a few rods off, in a deep, dark ravine on Elise[sic] River. The water falls in an unbroken sheet about eighty feet. On top of the crag from which this stream is projected, stands a finely rooted old hemlock, that, in defiance to the warring elements, stretches its shaggy top out a hundred feet about the top of the fall.”

Creator

Photograph by Lauren Plummer; Excerpt by J. H. Spaulding

Source

Spaulding, John H. Historical Relics of the White Mountains: Also, a Concise White Mountain Guide. Mt. Washington: J.R. Hitchcock, [1858].

Date

Photograph taken 2013; Guidebook published 1858

Relation

Passing Through: The Allure of the White Mountains

Identifier

Visit the spot where Lauren took this image: 44 9' 34" N 71 13' 0" W

Collection

Citation

Photograph by Lauren Plummer; Excerpt by J. H. Spaulding, “... in a deep, dark ravine on Ellis River,” The Cairn, accessed November 25, 2014, http://www.plymouth.edu/the-cairn/items/show/75.