The Flume Gorge at Franconia Notch

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Lying at the heart of Franconia Notch State Park, the Flume has enthralled travelers since the first decades of the nineteenth century. Early tourists like Emerson and Thoreau were awed by the gorge’s wild grandeur and spectacular granite walls rising nearly ninety feet overhead. Railroads in the 1850s brought a flood of visitors, including artists, poets, scientists and photographers, who richly documented the natural splendor of the Flume. Since that time, the Flume has become one of New Hampshire’s most popular attractions, drawing thousands to view its beauty each year. Join historian Michael J. Maddigan as he explores the fascinating history of one of New Hampshire’s most beloved scenic treasures.
ISBN: 9781467142687
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New Hampshire
Series: Natural History
Images: 126
Pages: 208
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Historian Michael J. Maddigan has been engaged in research, writing and historic preservation for more than thirty years. He is the author of several previous books on New England regional history. A native of Massachusetts, he is the founder of Recollecting Nemasket, a small publishing press devoted to the history of southeastern Massachusetts. A graduate of Stonehill College, he holds a Master of Arts degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. When not tramping about the White Mountains, he makes his home in a renovated 1863 woolen mill. To learn more about Mike’s work, visit
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