...one of the wildest is to be found at Lonesome Lake
- ...one of the wildest is to be found at Lonesome Lake
This image of Lonesome Lake was taken for the MWM by Lauren Plummer. The contemporary image was put into historical context by MWM scholar, Dr. Marcia Schmidt Blaine, using Julius H. Ward's 1890The White Mountains: A Guide to their Interpretation.
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 wildest places in these mountains are the most refreshing and delightful, and I have no hesitation in saying that one of the wildest is to be found at Lonesome Lake. This is a tarn nearly a thousand feet above the carriage road that runs through the Notch and lies at the base of a spur of Mount Cannon.”
Photograph by Lauren Plummer; Excerpt by Julius H. Ward, “...one of the wildest is to be found at Lonesome Lake,” The Cairn, accessed July 29, 2015, http://www.plymouth.edu/the-cairn/items/show/97.