East Branch & Lincoln Railroad

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Built by James Everell Henry, the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad (EB&L) is considered to be the grandest and largest logging railroad operation ever built in New England. In 1892, the mountain town of Lincoln, New Hampshire, was transformed from a struggling wilderness enclave to a thriving mill town when Henry moved his logging operation from Zealand. He built houses, a company store, sawmills, and a railroad into the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River watershed to harvest virgin spruce. Despite the departure of the last EB&L log train from Lincoln Woods by 1948, the industry's cut-and-run practices forever changed the future of land conservation in the region, prompting legislation like the Weeks Act of 1911 and the Wilderness Act of 1964. Today, nearly every trail in the Pemigewasset Wilderness follows or utilizes portions of the old EB&L Railroad bed.
ISBN: 9781467128629
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New Hampshire
Images: 200
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Erin Paul Donovan is a professional photographer based in Lincoln. Donovan specializes in historic preservation and environmental conservation photography and has been documenting the path of the EB&L for several years. In addition to views captured through his own lens, Donovan sourced historical photographs from the Upper Pemigewasset Historical Society, the Appalachian Mountain Club, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the Forest History Society.
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