Tamarack Pond was the old name for this lonely tarn.

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Title

Tamarack Pond was the old name for this lonely tarn.

Description

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 M. 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.

Lonesome Lake:

““Lonesome Lake is on Mt. Cannon, about 1,000 ft. above the road, and is reached by an admirable bridle-path.... It is on the ridge and under one of the high bluffs of Mt. Cannon, surrounded with primitive forests. The lake and its capital trout-fishery and the adjoining territory are owned by Dr. W.C. Prime and Mr. W.F. Bridge, of New York; and they have a quaint woodland cottage on its shore, where they entertain their friends. Gen. McClellan spend many happy days here. Tamarack Pond was the old name for this lonely tarn.”

Creator

Photograph by Lauren Plummer; Excerpt by M. F. Sweetser

Source

[Sweetser, M.F., editor.] The White Mountains: A Handbook for Travellers. 11th edition. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, and Company, 1891.[Originally published by James R. Osgood & Co, 1876].

Date

Photograph taken 2013; Guidebook published 1876

Relation

Passing Through: The Allure of the White Mountains

Identifier

Visit the spot where Lauren took this photograph: 44 11' 27" N 71 43' 31"W

Collection

Citation

Photograph by Lauren Plummer; Excerpt by M. F. Sweetser, “Tamarack Pond was the old name for this lonely tarn.,” The Cairn, accessed September 2, 2014, http://www.plymouth.edu/the-cairn/items/show/99.