The best view of Glen Ellis Falls

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The best view of Glen Ellis Falls


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 T. S. 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.

Glen Ellis Falls:

“The Glen Ellis Fall[s] are more grand than those of the [Crystal] cascade just spoken of. In fact, if we wished to take a person into a scene that would seem to be the very heart of mountain wildness, without wishing to make him climb into any of the ravines, we should invite him to visit this fall of the Ellis River. The best view of the fall is obtained by leaning against a tree that overhangs a sheer precipice, and looking down up on the slide and foam of the narrow and concentrated cataract to where it splashes into the dark green pool, a hundred feet below."


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 2013; Guidebook published (originally) 1859


Passing Through: The Allure of the White Mountains


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



Photograph by Lauren Plummer; Excerpt by T. S. King, “The best view of Glen Ellis Falls,” The Cairn, accessed November 27, 2015,