Saturday, February 14, 2015

Mount Carrigan

Among the four thousand footers in New Hampshire's White Mountains is a mountain largely isolated from all but the hardiest of day trippers. Mount Carrigan.

Named for a respected New Hampshire Secretary of State Phillip Carrigain - who among many other things is credited with coining the name "Granite State" - who served a mere five years in that position. By contrast, William "Bill" Gardner, our current Secretary of State, has served for 38 years as of the writing of this entry.

His most important legacy was the first accurate map of New Hampshire, known today as the Carrigain Map. The map contained some of the very first drawings of the White Mountains as well as many local landmarks. Though commissioned by the legislature much of the cost of producing the mass, which took 12 years to complete, was born by Carrigain himself who essentially died penniless, without so much as a grave marker.

The Mountain which bears his name is an appropriate monument to him though. Standing tall, and with a unique profile including a sharp notch that was to be one of the few not used as a corridor for transportation today.

Carrigan is located in the unincorporated town of Livermore. It is 4,700 feet and the first recorded ascent (Obviously not including Native American ascents) was on August 27, 1857. For many years a fire tower graced the summit of Carrigan as it was an ideal vantage point for observing the Southern White Mountains from the Presidentials south to the Lakes Region. Today that fire tower has been replaced with an observation tower providing a 360 degree vantage from the summit.

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