...a huge, columnar crag...

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This image of Eagle Cliff was taken for the MWM by Lauren Plummer. The contemporary image was put into historical context by MWM scholar, Dr. Marcia Schmidt Blaine, using Samuel C. Eastman's 1865 White Mountain Guide Book.

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.

Eagle Cliff:

“Almost directly overhanging the hotel, on the north, is Eagle Cliff. It is a huge, columnar crag, separated from the crest of the mountain, and rising perpendicularly, with jagged rocks, seemingly ready to topple from its place in wide-spread ruin beneath.” [Notes that the curious had driven away the nesting eagles a couple of years earlier.]


Photograph by Lauren Plummer; Excerpt by S. C. Eastman


[Eastman, Samuel C.] The White Mountain Guide Book, 5th edition. Concord: Edson C. Eastman, 1865.


Photograph taken 2013; Guidebook published 1865


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Photograph by Lauren Plummer; Excerpt by S. C. Eastman, “...a huge, columnar crag...,” The Cairn, accessed November 27, 2015, http://www.plymouth.edu/the-cairn/items/show/90.