“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Carroll in Coos County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)

The Crawford Family

The Crawford Family Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, July 6, 2011
1. The Crawford Family Marker
Inscription. For whom the Notch is named, included Abel and his sons, Thomas J. and Ethan Allen. They established the first regional hotels and pioneered in opening the White Mountain area to the public. Ethan and his wife, Lucy Howe Crawford, author of an 1846 history of the region, are buried in a nearby cemetery.
Erected 1998 by NH Division of Historical Resources and the NH Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 30.)
Location. 44° 15.794′ N, 71° 27.47′ W. Marker is near Carroll, New Hampshire, in Coos County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 302 and Base Station Road, on the right when traveling west on U.S. 302. Click for map. The marker is located ner Fabyan's Station Restaurant and is less than a mile from Bretton Woods ski resort and the Omni Mount Washington hotel. Marker is in this post office area: Bretton Woods NH 03575, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mount Washington Hotel / Bretton Woods Monetary Conference (approx. 0.8 miles away); Zealand and James Everell Henry (approx. 2.1 miles away); Crawford House (approx. 3.9 miles away); Mount Washington Cog Railway
The Crawford Family Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, July 6, 2011
2. The Crawford Family Marker
Fabyan's Station Restaurant and Lounge can be seen in the background.
(approx. 5.2 miles away); Cherry Mountain Slide (approx. 6.9 miles away); Mount Washington Summit (approx. 7.7 miles away); Pierce Bridge (approx. 8.6 miles away); Frankenstein Trestle (approx. 8.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Carroll.
Regarding The Crawford Family. Abel Crawford was an explorer, trail-builder and hosteler in the early 19th century. The path and eventual Portland and Ogdensburg Railroad through Crawford Notch opened a new route through the White Mountains for settlers of the Lancaster area to the northwest to reach Conway on the way to the trading ports on the coast. This route is the main passage through the center of the White Mountains. It is a steep and narrow gorge. The Saco River flows southeast and the Ammonoosuc flows northwest from the height of land. NH Rt 302 runs through the narrow notch, as do train tracks that are now back in use for tourist train excursions.

Nearby Fabyan's Station Restaurant is in an old converted train station. In 1890, three score of tourist trains a day (that would be 60...yup, 60 trains a day) passed through this station, now a casual restaurant. A model
The Crawford Family Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, July 6, 2011
3. The Crawford Family Marker
Looking towards Crawford Notch as a storm rolls in
train circles above the dining room.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 986 times since then and 156 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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