Fanciful view of Imp Face from Samuel Drake's
1882 "The Heart of the White Mountains"
excerpt on Copps with this illustration.


Source: Scott McClory Dolly Copp Collection

Above received 2/2/2012: How is my buddy Jon?- Happy New Year - I hope all is
well. Here is something new in my collection. A 5 by 7 inch original black and
white photograph of the Imp, I think to be around the 1910 era? I don't
know if it was Guy Shorey's work or not. But a super nice photograph.
- Scott

As camping at this location dates from 1921 and the bridge
without superstructure was replaced after
1928, this view dates from 1921-1928.


See a more detailed version of 9/2/1928 photo (200 kb).


Larger uncolorized version above (181 kb) purchased
at Welsh's Restaurant on my first trip to Dolly Copp in 1962.


View to east of bridge put in place between
4/1927 and 9/1928, Imp in background.


View from Imp Face westerly
to Dolly Copp in the late thirties.


As the main campground road in this shot has an alignment dating
from after the late thirties, but the bridge removed in 1950
is still in place, the date is likely between 1938 and 1949.


Gail and Bobby Craig in 1954
at start of Imp Trail on Route 16.
See Craig Family Photos page.



Sue Wood atop Imp in 1980 with sons Tim
(right) and Dave. Campground in background.

I can remember distinctly looking at a tourist map, I suppose over 35 years ago trying to decide on a campsite to use in the White Mountains as we made a stop on our way down to Acadia from Ottawa. We had seen the mountains and wanted to explore more.

I read a description of Dolly Copp. I think it said it was the most popular campsite in the White Mountains, just under Mount Washington, so we decided to try it and have loved it ever since; a very important anchor to our Canadian family.

Our granddaughter who will be 15 this year has been coming down with us since she was a baby. Two years ago she and I were thrilled to see an osprey dive into the water just by the river bank, where we were sitting and playing UNO, and seize a fish.

As a little girl, when asked at school after the holidays, what she had done in the summer, she was surprised that no one knew what she meant when she said she had been to Dolly Copp. She assumed everyone must know about it.

- Sue Wood 2010

Hayes Field from The Imp by Peter Wood.


Imp from Swimming Pool Drive in 1960.
Photo courtesy of George and Barbara Kotsiroplos.

Imp as tourist attraction on 2009 Gorham brochure.





Above: the many moods of the Imp!

Source: Six photos above
courtesy of Dolly Chew.