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Mount Washington Railway Company (1858-)



The railway was built by Sylvester Marsh who grew up in Campton. Marsh came up with the idea while climbing the mountain in 1852. He obtained a charter for the road on June 25, 1858, but the American Civil War prevented any action until May 1866. The route closely followed a mountain trail that had been established earlier in the century by Ethan Allen Crawford. The first paying customers started riding on August 14, 1868, and the construction reached the summit in July 1869. Sylvester Marsh died in 1884 and control of the Cog passed to the Concord and Montreal Railroad, which ran it until 1889 when the Boston and Maine Railroad took over. It is still running.

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Mount Washington Railway Company records

Identifier: MS-625
Date(s): 1858 to 1921

Mount Washington Cog Railroad (1858-). The collection contains record book covering the organization of the railway under an Act approved on June 25, l858.

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