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Author Purchase, Eric.

Title Out of nowhere : disaster and tourism in the White Mountains / Eric Purchase.

Published Baltimore, Md : The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  974.2 PURC    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiii, 192 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Notes "Published in cooperation with the Center for American Places, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Harrisonburg, Virginia."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-183) and index.
Contents Ch. 1. The Significance of the Willey Disaster -- Ch. 2. The Tourism Frontier -- Ch. 3. The Golden Age of Tourism -- Ch. 4. Tourism and Landscape Painting -- Ch. 5. The Literature of the White Mountains -- Ch. 6. Science and Sightseeing.
Summary On Monday night, August 28, 1826, an avalanche in isolated Crawford Notch, New Hampshire, in the heart of the White Mountains, killed innkeeper Samuel Willey, his wife and five young children, and two hired men, The landslide carved a channel fifty feet deep and buried the family in a stream of earth, stones, and uprooted trees after they had fled their house, which, incredibly, was spared. In Out of Nowhere, Eric Purchase examines the surprising connection of this disaster to the rise of tourism in America, investigating developments that ranged from land speculation to new interpretations of the meaning of nature and landscape. The Willey tragedy, widely recorded in literature, art, travel writing, newspapers, and scientific journals, was the first natural disaster in the United States to capture national attention.
Suddenly the White Mountains became, in the public's imagination, a mythical place where nature was preserved in its original, potent state. Hundreds and then thousands of tourists, including artists, scientists, and writers such as Thomas Cole, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James, and Charles Lyell, began traveling there every summer to take vacations amid the romantic landscape. The Willey's undamaged house became one of the area's most popular attractions - fittingly, Purchase notes, since Samuel Willey was among the first entrepreneurs of White Mountain tourism.
Other author Center for American Places.
Subject Tourism -- United States.
Landslides -- New Hampshire -- Crawford Notch.
Crawford Notch (N.H.) -- History.
ISBN 080186013X (acid-free paper)