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Jul 12, 2018

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McArthur Public Library

McArthur Public Library, 270 Main St., Biddeford, ME 04005



Mt. Washington history with Ed Webster

The History of Mt. Washington – Also Called Agiocochook

Ed Webster will be back at McArthur Library on Thursday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. to talk about New England’s highest peak, Mt. Washington. Nestled in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, it is one of the most well-loved and storied summits on earth.

Known as Agiocochook, “Place of the Storm Spirit” by the native Abenaki, three major weather systems frequently collide on its summit. In 1934 an astounding 231 mph was clocked before the meter blew away! Add severe storms plus over 140 deaths, and Mt. Washington does indeed have some of the world’s worst weather.

Local guidebook author Ed Webster’s newest lecture canvasses this much-adored peak. After Darby Field made the mountain’s first ascent in 1642, Reverend Manasseh Cutler, after summiting in 1784, bestowed its Presidential name in the 1790s. Mt. Washington also boasts America’s earliest hiking trail, built in 1819 by Abel Crawford and his son Ethan Allen. Eventually driven up by horse-drawn carriages then automobiles, and ascended by the world’s first steam-powered Cog Railway, few people know the mountain’s original name. Or that a newspaper, Among the Clouds, was printed daily on the summit from 1877 to 1908 !

Come enjoy little-known stories, Webster’s unique Image collection of early art, 1860s to 1890s Stereo Photographs, plus pictures of 1930s Huntington Ravine rock climbs and 1950s pioneer ski runs in Tuckerman’s Ravine. It’s every New Englanders’ favorite mountain — Mt. Washington !

Events at the library are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.