...a deep natural well in the solid rock
- ...a deep natural well in the solid rock
This image of The Pool was taken for the MWM by Lauren Plummer. The contemporary image was put into historical context by MWM scholar, Dr. Marcia Schmidt Blaine, using Benjamin G. Willey's 1856Incidents in White Mountain History.
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.
“Near the Flume is a deep natural well in the solid rock. A small stream flows over its northern brink, finding egress in a narrow opening opposite. It is more than one hundred and fifty fee from the brink of the well to the surface of the water below. The diameter of this ‘Pool’ is about sixty feet. The water in the bottom is about forty feet deep, and greatly agitated.”
Photograph by Lauren Plummer; Excerpt by B. G. Willey, “...a deep natural well in the solid rock,” The Cairn, accessed July 24, 2014, http://www.plymouth.edu/the-cairn/items/show/93.