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Franconia, New Hampshire Historical Markers

 
1889 Iron Bridge Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image, Touch for more information
By Cosmos Mariner, July 7, 2017
1889 Iron Bridge Marker (wide view)
New Hampshire (Grafton County), Franconia — 1889 Iron Bridge
This wrought iron bridge is a rare surviving example of the pin-connected lenticular truss design used for iron bridges from 1880 to 1890. The Dow Bridge, a mile southeast of here on Main Street, is of the same rare design. It has been restored . . . — Map (db m116367) HM
New Hampshire (Grafton County), Franconia — A Bit of History
The land you see as you stand here all lies within the township of Lincoln, granted on January 31, 1764 to James Avery and others and named after Henry Clinton, ninth Earl of Lincoln. The original grant contained 32,456 acres. Settlers did not . . . — Map (db m76422) HM
New Hampshire (Grafton County), Franconia — A Delicate Balance
Geologists speculate that the Old Man of the Mountain, formed by a retreating glacier during the last ice age, looked out over Profile Lake for more than 12,000 years. On May 3, 2003, the delicate balance that had held the “Great Stone . . . — Map (db m105991) HM
New Hampshire (Grafton County), Franconia — Eagle Cliff
You are looking at Eagle Cliff. Rising 1,500 feet above the valley floor this shoulder of Mt. Lafayette is part of the eastern wall of Franconia Notch. The cliff derives its name from the Golden Eagles that once nested among the crags. Guests of . . . — Map (db m106090) HM
New Hampshire (Grafton County), Franconia — Early Franconia
This quiet site once buzzed with activity as the center of Franconia's economy during the time of the Industrial Revolution. A dam about 200 feet upstream provided water power for an iron smelter across the river and for grist, saw and . . . — Map (db m116363) HM
New Hampshire (Grafton County), Franconia — Eastern Brook Trout
The fish you see in this pool are Eastern Brook Trout (Salvelinus Fontinalis), sometimes called Speckled or Native Trout, but best known as Squaretails.

Found throughout New Hampshire they thrive in the clear, cold waters of the northern park . . . — Map (db m76424) HM

New Hampshire (Grafton County), Franconia — Franconia Notch

State of New Hampshire Franconia Notch Forest Reservation and Memorial Park Acquired with funds appropriated by the legislature of 1925 and the donations of Fifteen thousand contributors secured through The Society for Protection of New . . . — Map (db m105993) HM WM

New Hampshire (Grafton County), Franconia — Franconia Notch State Park
This 6,500 acre park is often called the Flagship of the New Hampshire state park system.

Called a "mountainous defile" by early settlers and travelers, this valley today is one of America's great parks. Some two million people from all over . . . — Map (db m76423) HM

New Hampshire (Grafton County), Franconia — Franconia Range
The mountains you are looking at are part of the Franconia Range and like the rest of the White Mountains are among the oldest in the world. They date back to a period in geological time more than 400 million years ago when this area was covered by . . . — Map (db m76420) HM
New Hampshire (Grafton County), Franconia — Iron Furnace
Across the Gale River stands New Hampshire's sole surviving blast furnace. It is unusual, as well, in its octagonal shape and its remarkable condition. A huge wooden shed protected the furnace and workers from the weather. The shed filled . . . — Map (db m116364) HM
New Hampshire (Grafton County), Franconia — Landslides
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 . . . — Map (db m106089) HM
New Hampshire (Grafton County), Franconia — Niels F.F. Nielsen, Jr.
In recognition of over 30 years of service to the citizens and visitors of the State of New Hampshire Niels F.F. Nielsen, Jr. The first official caretaker of the Old Man of the Mountain. This was his labor of love. Presented by Governor . . . — Map (db m106093) HM
New Hampshire (Grafton County), Franconia — Old Man of the Mountain
Old Man of the Mountain “The Great Stone Face” 48 ft. from forehead to chin 1200 ft. above Profile Lake 3200 ft. above sea level First seen by white men in 1805 — Map (db m105989) HM
New Hampshire (Grafton County), Franconia — Preserving a Fragile Formation
As early as 1876, observers had warned that the rocks of the Profile were shifting and slipping, and scientists predicted that one day the formation would collapse. Since then, many specialists and volunteers worked to prolong the lifespan of the . . . — Map (db m116560) HM
New Hampshire (Grafton County), Franconia — Profile Lake
Called Ferrinís Pond by early settlers and travelers, who often camped by the outlet, this 15-acre mountain lake has also been known as the Old Manís Mirror and the Old Manís Washbowl.

With the building of the Lafayette House in 1835, and the . . . — Map (db m106088) HM

New Hampshire (Grafton County), Franconia — 009 — Stone Iron Furnace
Due west stands New Hampshire's sole-surviving example of a post-Revolutionary furnace for smelting local iron ore. The industry flourished during first half of 19th century. It produced pig and bar iron for farm tools and cast iron ware, including . . . — Map (db m116365) HM
New Hampshire (Grafton County), Franconia — The Appalachian Trail
The Appalachian Range stretches from the Canadian Border to the edge of the Mississippi, a distance of 3,000 miles. Today, a hiking trail follows the backbone of this range from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mt. Katahdin, Maine: passing through 14 . . . — Map (db m106091) HM
New Hampshire (Grafton County), Franconia — The Cannon on the Skyline
On the skyline 1800 above you stands cannon Rock. This natural rock formation, consisting of a hugh (sic) table-like stone superimposed on a large boulder, stands guard over Franconia Notch like a cannon protruding from the parapet of an ancient . . . — Map (db m106092) HM
New Hampshire (Grafton County), Franconia — The Flume
This narrow gorge 700 feet in length with walls of granite 60 to 70 feet high was formed thousands of years ago when magma, filled an east-west fracture in the side of Mt. Liberty. Erosion resulting from water flowing over this lava dike through . . . — Map (db m76421) HM
New Hampshire (Grafton County), Franconia — The Flume
The granite rock which make up the walls of the flume was formed many millions of years ago in ancient geological time. At a later period dark colored lava in a molten condition was pushed up from below filling a great crack and smaller side cracks . . . — Map (db m104749) HM
New Hampshire (Grafton County), Franconia — The Old Man of the Mountain
The rock profile you see 1200 feet above this spot had its beginning some 25,000 years ago during the great ice age. As the glacier moved southward the cliff began to take the shape you see today. As the ice age came to a close and the glacier . . . — Map (db m105990) HM
New Hampshire (Grafton County), Franconia — Viewing the Old Man
These seven large rods are an interactive sculpture that honors the Old Man of the Mountain, the celebrated profile that collapsed due to natural forces sometime in the night on May 3, 2003. You are in the same spot where travelers have . . . — Map (db m116559) HM
New Hampshire (Grafton County), Franconia — Why is it called A NOTCH?
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 treeís base. Similar cuts were made in the logs to hold their cabins together. They called these cuts . . . — Map (db m105988) HM

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