The White Mountains has a long and rich history, and there are many incredible monuments (natural and man-made), to honor some of the moments in time that have made the White Mountains what they are today. If you haven't visited these monuments yet, add them to your White Mountains bucket list!
This 200 year old octagonal stone furnace is the only blast furnace still standing in New Hampshire. Made of local granite, it was once used to make iron ore, and was fueled by trees that farmers would feed into it. Located on the banks of the Gale River in downtown Franconia, the furnace can be viewed from the Besaw Iron Furnace Interpretive Center Park where you can picnic and enjoy a walk along the river via the restored lenticular-truss iron bridge that was built in 1889.
Driving through the small town of Warren, one wouldn’t expect to find a rocket sitting in the center of the village green. The Redstone Ballistic Missile was donated in 1971, in honor of Senator Norris Cotton, who was a Warren native. Redstone’s rockets were of great importance to the dawn of space travel, as that particular model was used as the booster to propel Alan Shepard (the first American in space) on his sub-orbital trip.
Pollyanna is a classic novel about an orphan named Pollyanna who saw the world in an optimistic way and tried to feel glad, no matter the situation. The book was written in 1913 by Eleanor H. Porter who was born in the town of Littleton. In 2002, the town unveiled the bronze Pollyanna Statue on the lawn of the Littleton Public Library. This historic landmark is now the centerpiece for Littleton’s annual Pollyanna Glad Fest, which is held in June and features live music, a theatrical production, bazaar, and a large farmer’s market.
We lost a good friend and a world famous landmark on May 3, 2003 when the Old Man of the Mountain fell. Today, visitors can pay their respects and remember the Old Man at the Old Man of the Mountain Memorial at Profiler Plaza. The park was dedicated in 2011 and is a beautiful remembrance to those who knew him well, and for visitors who are new to the Old Man’s legacy. Two artists created the concept of the seven steel sculptures which all stand in the sightline of where the Old Man’s rock face used to be. By standing in a particular place and looking up at the pillars, you can visualize his profile in the mountainside.
The Madison Boulder isn’t just any old, ordinary rock. It is thought to be the largest glacial erratic in North America! An erratic is a certain type of rock that was deposited to its location by a glacier during the last ice age about 1 million years ago. The Madison Boulder is 83 feet long, 23 feet high, and 37 feet wide and weighs upwards of 5,000 tons. The Boulder sits in a 17-acre park and in 1970, the US Dept. of the Interior designated it a National Natural Landmark.