Saco River and West Side Road. Looking South near Hilltown. You can find this same spot today. A popular swimming spot. Click Picture for a larger view.
This 1909 picture shows a foot bridge that crossed the
Saco River in the vicinity of Humphry's Ledge on the West Side Road.
It was a popular short-cut for folks staying at the Hotels in Intervale for
access to Cathedral Ledge, Echo Lake and Pitman's Arch. This editor
assumes it must have been replaced every year after high water. Click
TOP picture for large size.
Another View Dated 1910. Click on it for a larger size.
1885: A cavern has been accidentally discovered
in Humphrey’s ledge a few miles from North
Conway, which is attracting much attention. It has an entrance 20 feet wide
and 12 feet high, and is located in what has been heretofore considered an
almost inaccessible section. The cutting off of a heavy timber growth
resulted in the finding of it. Those who have examined it say that in
wildness and picturesqueness it is far superior to the celebrated cave at
“Cathedral” ledge in the immediate vicinity. The cavern has been named
“Pitman’s Arch,” in honor of Lycurgus Pitman of North Conway.
Lycurgus Pitman (1848-1908) — of Conway, Carroll County, N.H. Born in Bartlett, Carroll County, N.H., April 9, 1848. Republican. Member of New Hampshire state senate 2nd District, 1887-88; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1904. Died in Carroll County, N.H., November 11, 1908 (age 60 years, 216 days).
Relatives: Son of George Winthrop Maston Pitman and Emeline (Chubbuck) Pitman (1822-1889); brother of William Pitman (1855-1940); married to Lizzie I. Merrill (1852-1891); nephew of Joseph Pitman (1823-1908); grandson of Joseph Pitman (1788-1875).
Political family: Pitman family of New Hampshire.
These three postcard pictures may be enlarged by clicking on them.
Postcard scans courtesy of Michael Bannon Collection