Crocker Hill

February 17, 2016  •  2 Comments

Crocker Hill is a short hike in Paris, Maine. Remnants of old mining work is visible along the trail, but the mine shaft mentioned in the Maine AMC hiking guide was not found. Other sources (see below) say the shaft near the old stamp mill has collapsed. We didn't find the upper mine; winter snows probably have hidden it. George L. Vose, a Bowdoin professor, painted a panorama of the White Mountains from the top in 1868, but I have been unable to track down a copy online. If anyone finds it, please post a link in the comments.

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This stone wall continues up over the top of the hill. The trail takes a more circuitous route.

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Views from the top:

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The panorama of the White Mountains to the west. Kearsarge is on the left behind the tall spruce or hemlock. South Baldface is the white mountain just left of center. Mount Washington is about center, but hard to distinguish against cloudy skies.

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South Baldface and Mount Washington.

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Looking back to Thayer Road and Paris Hill, with the Shawnee Peak ski area on Pleasant Mountain in the background.

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Farmland to the east

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Mountains, a firetower, and a wind farm to the north. Ethan McNerney [email protected]

Foundations of the old Crocker Hill Stamp Mill. See a photo of what it looked like 110 years ago here.

Other links describing the old mining operations on Crocker Hill are here, here, and here.


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Ethan McNerney Photography
Thanks Nancy, interesting to see this. I'm not sure how long the link will be available:https://getmansvirtual.com/ncc-antiques/1868-view-of-the-white-mountains-of-new-hampshire-from-crockers-hill-in-paris-maine-sketchmap-of-summits-plus-vose-letter
Nancy Craig, NCC Antiques(non-registered)
I just saw this post. I will be selling a panorama of the White Mountains done by George L. Vose in 1868 on Getmansvirtual.com online book and paper show Tuesday, 10/06/10 opening at noon. It is not painted, but as Vose himself says in an accompanying letter, a “tracing of the view of the Mountains from Paris”. Perhaps this is what you are looking for.
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