...an impetuous stream, shaded by forest trees
- ...an impetuous stream, shaded by forest trees
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 John B. Batchelder's 1876 Popular Resorts, and How to Reach Them.
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 curiosity scarcely less interesting, and should be visited by the tourist. An impetuous stream, shaded by forest trees, walled in by the precipitous ledges, escaping from the thicket above, leaps from the rocks into the deepening gloom below."
Photograph by Lauren Plummer; Excerpt by John B. Batchelder, “...an impetuous stream, shaded by forest trees,” The Cairn, accessed May 3, 2015, http://www.plymouth.edu/the-cairn/items/show/96.