Cherry Mountain Slide


January 09. 2014 3:26PM






Route 115
Jefferson, NH

Marker Number: 152
Name and date established: Jefferson 1985

Description: On July 10, 1885, at 6 a.m., a slide from Cherry Mountain's northern peak left a gash from Owl's Head to the Valley. A million tons of boulders, trees and mud loosened by a cloudburst rolled and tumbled a tortuous two miles, destroying Oscar Stanley's new home and his cattle, barn and crops. Farm hand Don Walker, rescued from the debris of the barn, died four days later, but Stanley's family was not there and was spared. Excursion trains and carriages brought people from far and wide to view the tragic sight, which has now almost disappeared through nature's healing process.

Location: Located on Route 115, south of its junction with Route 115-A, and near the head of the Owl's Head Trail.
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