35. PINE MOUNTAIN

Pine Mountain is due north of the Campground. See Pine Mountain
in
context on the 1935 USGS map excerpt for Gorham (2.2 mb).

Views of nearby Pine Mountain and its tower were good from many parts of the Campground before the trees grew in. And the view from Pine Mountain is considered exceptional because you can see down several valleys at once (good spot for a fire tower).

Above and below show early camping in what is
today the Picnic Area, with Pine Mountain to north

 



Above and below early Campground
views with Pine Mountain to north

 

Early Barnes Field view above,
below is excerpt showing fire tower

 



Source: Scott McClory Dolly Copp Collection.


View on Peabody to north at old bridge into Dolly
Copp, Pine Mountain in background. This view
graced the Esso New England road map for 1941.


Excerpt from a December 2009 email from major site contributor Scott McClory:

I been looking forward to sending this to you. I think you will find it significant and rare. This is one of my most treasured pieces from my collection. My mother, Claire McClory, maiden name Pettigrew was 11 years old at Dolly Copp when she earned this in August of 1942.

The card reads: This certifies that on August 4, 1942 Claire Pettigrew climbed the Pine Mountain Lookout Tower guarding the White Mountain National Forest against fires, and is therefore recognized as a member of the Ancient and Honorable Order of Squirrels.

It is signed by the tower man and has the Pine Mt Fire Tower to the left.




View northeast into Maine along Androscoggin River Valley

Above and below: June 1943 views from
the Library of Congress archive, "from the fire
tower manned by Barbara Mortensen, a fire
and airplane lookout on Pine Mountain."


View of Peabody River Valley south past
Dolly Copp, Carter Notch at left, Presidentials at right

 

Northwest view to Pine Mountain in profile, 1949. Field in
foreground hosts the Androscoggin Ranger District Office today.

Source: Scott McClory Dolly Copp Collection



Charlie and Gail (Craig) Gordon climbing Pine Mountain
in 1977 with Levesque and Gordon children
(The Levesque boys are the grandsons of Emile Fournier,
a CCC boy who worked at Dolly Copp in the 1930s)

 

Wedding of Elissa Brown and Joseph Tombarello
on the summit of Pine Mountain, August 28, 2004


Camper Paul Shiebler’s family has historic roots into the original campground. This includes a solemn and emotional link with nearby Pine Mountain:

“William Alexander Pittendreigh, my Great Uncle Bill, was born on March 7, 1881. He was a life long teacher at the New Bedford, Mass. Vocational High School, and was the head of the Machine Shop, retiring at age 70. He began camping at Dolly Copp around 1920.

Since he was a school teacher, he was able to spend all summer (10 weeks) camping there, with his wife Ninita and their children Janet, Mac, and Wally. The family also did a great deal of hiking in the surrounding mountains.

My mother Virginia's family (parents Lloyd and Ethel Herring, sister Esther, and brother Curt) began joining their Uncle Bill at Dolly Copp in the early 1930's, and the three kids joined in the hiking. My love of Dolly Copp and hiking in the White Mountains was passed on to me by my mother, and I have since passed it on to my three children.

Bill Pittendreigh died on April 19th, 1960. His love of Dolly Copp and hiking in the White Mountains was such that his final wish was to have his ashes spread over nearby Pine Mountain.

Early twenties camper Bill Pittendreigh

His family (son Wally, wife Barb, kids Sue and Rob, son Mac, wife Fran, kids Janie, Tom and Lori) carried his ashes to the summit, read from "Science and Health" and from the Bible, then scattered his ashes over the rock they had sat on.”


The first fire lookout on Pine Mountain was erected in 1910 by the New Hampshire Timberland Owners. A new tower was constructed in 1916, and another in 1939. The 1939 USFS tower was forty feet high and constructed by the CCC. The tower remained in service until 1967 and was removed in 1975. Remnants of its base are still evident on the summit.

Old post card view from Pine towards Mount Madison.
Note old logging swath in foreground on slope of Madison.

Fire towers in the White Mountains generally dated from the early 1900's. Not surprisingly, tourists became attracted to them. The 1938 hurricane destroyed many. The use of spotter planes and the greater population able to report fires quickly has largely put them out of use.

Early Pine Mountain Fire Tower.

Dolly Copp campers visiting the tower of 1939-1975.

 

Detail of USGS map showing Pine Mountain "Lookout Tower."

As a modest hike close to Dolly Copp, many campers have ascended Pine Mountain, Due to its twin summits It was known as “Camel’s Rump” in Dolly's day.

This historic tidbit from the December 1951 edition of Appalachia Magazine is of interest:

The marble seat which had been placed on the southwest shoulder of Pine Mountain at the top of the cliff looking toward the massif of the Presidential Range was destroyed by lightning in the spring of this year.

It has now been replaced by a seat of similar dimensions cut into the rock. On the back of the seat is the simple inscription Carol Williams Horton, the name of the woman to whom the seat is a memorial.


The original marble seat was erected in 1948 in memory of Mrs. Douglas Horton by the Wellesley Class of 1885 of which Mrs. Horton was the class baby.

The spot has become a great rendezvous for walkers from all the country round, and not least for those from the Dolly Copp Camp, now administered by the Appalachian Mountain Club.