• Twice-seen image, 2005.  Original photograph by George Goodrich, 1911.

    George Goodrich bequeathed his farm to the State of New Hampshire, and the farm became the core of today's 5,000-acre Pawtuckaway State Park.  Today's dirt road follows the same path among the old foundation stones and walls of the Goodrich family farm.  The homestead is located near the beginning of the hiking trail to the fire tower on the South Peak of Pawtuckaway.

    This was the first twice-seen image I made.  I knew the location from hiking the mountain, and enough foundations and walls remained to allow triangulation of the original camera position.  George, it turned out, had a penchant for setting up his tripod on a handy flat rock.

    Goodrich Homestead
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  • Twice-seen image, 2005.  Original photograph by George Goodrich, c. 1890.

    Goodrich would guide summer visitors from Massachusetts to see the great boulders of Pawtuckaway, then claimed to be the largest in the world.  Well, they are big.  Their cracks and contours gave lots of clues for lining up the original camera location.

    Sometimes Goodrich would photograph these hiking parties and make postcards, printed in the sun on printing-out paper.

    Today the Boulder Field in Pawtuckaway State Park is a major destination for climbers in the northeast.


    Chase Rock
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  • Twice-seen image, 2005.  Original photograph by George Goodrich c. 1890.

    Churchill Rock, the biggest of the boulders, was named after an insane man who escaped his keepers and climbed to the top.  Men felled trees against the rock, to climb up and get him down.  (newspaper account)

    Churchill Rock
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  • Twice-seen image, 2005.  Original by George Goodrich, 1890s.

    A geological fault filled with basalt "steps" was a curiosity for those taking the country air. 

    A local schoolgirl wrote, in a prize essay published in The Granite Monthly in 1910, "Here, too, there a a long flight of stone steps leading to a pool of water in a hollow.  Tradition says that the Indians cut them out of the ledge, and that after their bloody battles they would descend the steps and bathe in the pool below." 

    Local tales of the mountain, or any threat of wildness, were filled with fear beneath the curiosity.

    Indian Steps
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  • Twice-seen image, 2005.  Original photograph by George Goodrich, c. 1900, self-portrait.

    Goodrich took a number of self portraits, either with a mechanical timer or the help of an assistant.  Here he is on the top of South Peak of Pawtuckaway Mountain, where the fire tower is now.

    George Goodrich on South Peak
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  • Twice-seen image, 2006.  Original photograph by J. Cram, c. 1880.

    Goodrich's few surviving photographs prompted me to look for contemporaries in local historical societies.  John Cram operated a camera shop and studio in Raymond, the town to the south of Pawtuckaway Mountain.  Goodrich frequently went to Raymond (he kept a diary), to deliver apples and pick up supplies or catch the train to Lawrence.  No doubt he purchased photographic supplies from Cram.

    The girl's flag and the presence of an ice-cream churn suggested Independence Day to me.  It's 1880--where are the menfolk?

    Independence Day
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  • Twice-seen image, 2006.  Original photographer unknown, c. 1900.

    Stones pass through both eras as if on their own journey, their own time.

    Saddleback Mountain Boys
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  • Twice-seen image.  Original photograph by J. Cram, c. 1880 (?).

    Standing by a newly cleared field, holding a sprig of dogwood, hope and despair. What does it come to? 

    Pioneer on Nottingham Road
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