Mount Washington, NH Hotel Fire, June 1908
MADE A FIERY BEACON.
HOTEL AND STABLES ON TOP OF MOUNT WASHINGTON BURNED.
Gorham, N.H., June 19. -- The Summit House, a hotle at the top of Mount Washington, known to thousands of summer tourists, was burned last night, together with a large stable nearby. Situated at an elevation of over 6000 feet above the sea level, the burning buildings presented a brilliant spectacle, which was visible for a score of miles in all directions.
The hotel had not been opened for the summer, but a portion of it is said to have been occupied by some workmen employed in reparing the Mount Washington railway. It is supposed that the fire started from an accidental cause.
The Summit House was a long wooden building on two and a half stories, situated at the terminus of the Mount Washington railway at the highest point of the mountain. It was built thirty-six years ago and had accommodations for 300 guests. Both the burned buildings were owned by the Boston and Maine Railroad company, and were leased by a Boston firm.
In addition to the Summit House was burned the printing office of the paper "Among the Clouds." A second stable and a stage office were also burned.
Only one building, the old Tip Top house, a stone and wood structure, now remains at the top of the mountain. The Tip Top house was to the west of the Summit House and the flames were blown away from it toward the east. Both the Summit House and the stables were burned flat.
The Fitchburg Sentinel Massachusetts 1908-06-19