Saturday, July 23, 2016
Today's somewhat random photos were taken at Wildcat Mountain, which (as you can see) is located at "Pinkham's Notch" in New Hampshire. Who was Pinkham, and why did he have a notch?? Was it a happy notch?
That yellow thingamabob is one of the gondolas that would carry visitors to the summit of the 4000-foot peak of Wildcat Mountain. It was used by skiers in the winter, and sightseers in the summer. I wonder if it was built by Von Roll?
The gondola opened on January 25th, 1958 (only months before this photo was taken); 23 towers were erected to carry the gondolas, which were kept somewhat close to the terrain to avoid high winds. Based on this photo, it doesn't look like you could fit more than two people in that pod, unless one was a small child.
Here's a second view... that's quite a climb!
Here's a postcard view... these original gondolas were decommissioned in 1999 (they were actioned off); there are now several kinds of lifts that take visitors and skiers up and down. One of the lifts uses boxy 4-person gondolas during the summer season.
I hope you have enjoyed your visit to Wildcat Mountain!