...where the hills tower up on every side
- ...where the hills tower up on every side
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.
“Lonesome Lake commands all that is desirable in a mountain retreat. It is where the hills tower up on every side as if they were attempts to scale the sky, and where Nature has such supremacy that man is always in the background. You are in the embrace of her exclusive powers when you have climbed up to this ideal log-cabin home in the wilds of Franconia Notch. It is so far away that no one will visit it who is not a sportsman or a lover of the woods, and its solitude is the most absolute that can be found.”
Photograph by Lauren Plummer; Excerpt by Julius H. Ward, “...where the hills tower up on every side,” The Cairn, accessed April 17, 2014, http://www.plymouth.edu/the-cairn/items/show/98.