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Franconia in Grafton County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Why is it called A NOTCH?

 
 
Why is it called a NOTCH? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 2008
1. Why is it called a NOTCH? Marker
Inscription. When North America was first settled, pioneers built their homes of logs. To aid in falling the timber, they made U or V-shaped cuts at the tree’s base. Similar cuts were made in the logs to hold their cabins together. They called these cuts NOTCHES. As the settlers moved inland from the coast, they discovered in the mountains, openings, or narrow passages, shaped like the notches in the logs of their cabins. Since those early days, the term NOTCH has been used here in New Hampshire where first trails, then roads, passed through narrow openings in the mountains.
 
Location. 44° 9.949′ N, 71° 40.733′ W. Marker is in Franconia, New Hampshire, in Grafton County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 93. Touch for map. The marker is in the Old Man of the Mountain Historic Site in Franconia Notch State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Franconia NH 03580, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Old Man of the Mountain (here, next to this marker); A Delicate Balance (here, next to this marker); Franconia Notch (here, next to this marker); Profile Lake (within shouting distance of this marker); Landslides
Franconia Notch seen from Profile Lake image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 1997
2. Franconia Notch seen from Profile Lake
(within shouting distance of this marker); Eagle Cliff (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Old Man of the Mountain (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Appalachian Trail (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franconia.
 
Categories. Colonial EraExploration
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 24, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 24, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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