Images of America Upper Merrimack Valley to Winnipesaukee by Rail Heald & Bush
Images of America Upper Merrimack Valley to Winnipesaukee by Rail Heald & Bush
Images of America Upper Merrimack Valley to Winnipesaukee by Rail Heald & Bush
Images of America Upper Merrimack Valley to Winnipesaukee by Rail Heald & Bush
Images of America Upper Merrimack Valley to Winnipesaukee by Rail Heald & Bush

Images of America Upper Merrimack Valley to Winnipesaukee by Rail Heald & Bush

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Images of America Upper Merrimack Valley to Winnipesaukee by Rail Heald & Bush
 
Images of America The Upper Merrimack Valley to Winnipesaukee by Rail by Bruce Heald and Joseph A Bush Sr
Soft Cover
Copyright 1997 128 pages
The rivers of New England have been celebrated in prose and verse since they first became known to man, and among them all none have proved more strongly attractive, more inspiring of noble and appreciative sentiment, than has the Merrimack. To sing the praises of this majestic stream, the poet John Greenleaf Whittier returned again and again, lavishing upon this feature of Northern New England scenery the encomiums that Bryant similarly bestowed upon the mountains and hills of the Berkshire, the pure-souled Whittier viewing the natural charms of his loved Merrimack from every possible standpoint, and responding in varied notes of the music thus stirred within him.
Born among the mountains that surround the Pemigewasset Valley, and holding its course in swift and most beneficent flow from Winnipesaukee to the shore of Massachusetts, this river was one of the major waterways of New England's material agencies, as well as one of the most beautiful streams that has been bestowed upon man.
In this state the "Merrimack Valley" had a significant and beneficent influence in natural and material affairs that the localities of hut few watercourses can equal. It is almost uniformly characterized by rural, pastoral scenery, and its distinguishing natural qualities are those of quiet restfulness. Along its banks are towns and villages, isolated estates, institutions, and businesses, the abiding and sojourning places of populations that represented the best development and outgrowth to the life of the New England region. During the summer months, this whole valley is, par excellence, of the country, and too much cannot be said in setting forth its merits.
Through the Merrimack Valley the railroads had planted a steel highway, and united its services as a transportation, developed and ministered agent with those naturally furnished by this watercourse. Indeed, the Upper Merrimack Valley Route, which we shall take in this volume, to its source, shall be one of reflection and reminiscence of those days gone by, but which shall endure in our hearts for a very long time.
To preserve this legacy of the Merrimack Valley, we have tried to capture some of the characteristics of a place that give us so much pleasure.
This rare photographic journey through time is intended to enrich our reminiscences of the early railroads, the romance of the river valley, the landmarks, and the quaint hamlets as we trek northward from Manchester, to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the "Merrimack Valley."
This volume has been assembled by the private collections of the authors for the sole purpose of preserving this legacy.

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