...a gloomy and profound chasm in the forest
- ...a gloomy and profound chasm in the forest
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 Moses F. Sweetser's 1876The White Mountains: A Handbook for Travellers.
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.
“The Pool is a gloomy and profound chasm in the forest, where the Pemigewasset River falls into a deep black basin surrounded by high cliffs. It is reached by a pleasant forest path ½-3/4 M. long, entering the woods opposite the Flume House.”
Photograph by Lauren Plummer; Excerpt by M. F. Sweetser, “...a gloomy and profound chasm in the forest,” The Cairn, accessed March 12, 2014, http://www.plymouth.edu/the-cairn/items/show/95.