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

Landslides

 
 
Landslides Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 2008
1. Landslides Marker
Inscription. The 1849 Gazetteer of New Hampshire called them – “slips, that were made by an extraordinary discharge of water from the clouds. They commence near the summit of the mountain and proceed to its base, forcing a passage through all obstructions.” Today we call them landslides.

In Franconia Notch, slides have been recorded since 1826 when a large slide at the south end of the lake closed the wagon road for two months. Other “slips” were reported in 1850 and 1883.

In this century, the Notch has been the scene of eight major slides, six of which crossed the highway. In October of 1938, the highway, east of this view point, was buried by 15 feet of earth, trees and rock. in June of 1946, two slides came down within twenty minutes of each other, one at the north end of this lake, the other at the south end. The southern slide covered the highway to a depth of 15 feet and was estimated to contain 10,000 cubic yards of debris.

The largest slide in modern times occurred on October 24, 1959. Its slide track is to be seen across the Notch from this point. 200 feet of highway was covered to a depth of 27 feet, and required 3 ½ days of work, around the clock, to reopen the road. No human deaths have ever been recorded in connection with the slides in Franconia Notch.
 
Location.

Insert - The Landslide of '38 image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 2008
2. Insert - The Landslide of '38
44° 9.933′ N, 71° 40.75′ W. Marker is in Franconia, New Hampshire, in Grafton County. Marker can be reached from Styles Bridges Highway (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. Profile Lake (here, next to this marker); Eagle Cliff (here, next to this marker); Why is it called A NOTCH? (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Man of the Mountain (within shouting distance of this marker); A Delicate Balance (within shouting distance of this marker); Franconia Notch (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Old Man of the Mountain (about 600 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. DisastersEnvironment
 
The Landslide of 1959 site (referenced in the marker) image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 2009
3. The Landslide of 1959 site (referenced in the marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 25, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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