1865: Swett’s train ride to the mountains goes smoothly … until the wheels come off!
ADVENTURES of a DEAF-MUTE in the WHITE MOUNTAINS ~ by William B. Swett ~ Continued ~
We can trace Swett’s roundabout journey to the White Mountains by his anecdotes on this colorful 1852 map of NH & VT:
- Lakeport (Laconia)
- Well’s River (VT)
- Littleton (coming soon)
- Franconia (coming soon)
The map shows incomplete branch lines connecting the NH lakes (3) with the CT River Valley route (4-5), but a later 1893 map shows those lines completed.
We might also note that this same line is described by a historical highway marker in Ashland. Interestingly enough, it’s one of the few historical highway markers to sport a glaring, teeth-gnashing, wince-inducing punctuation error in its text… Reader beware: