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September 30, 2016 

Autumn is upon us. Students are back in school. Stores are stocking pumpkin-flavored everything. Thoughts of beach days have given way to the expectation of brilliant foliage and crunchy leaves underfoot.  What better way to celebrate the new season than on a road trip?  But you can't get away now, you say?  Never fear; we can help!

In 1872, William Cullen Bryant published Picturesque America, a classic two-volume set that extolls the glories of North America.  At that time, many people felt that they needed to go to Europe to see things that were old and beautiful.  But Bryant knew otherwise, and he created these books, full of information and detailed prints, to prove that North America, and specifically the United States, has a lot to offer!  
Thanks to Bryant's vision, we can now lead you on a road trip of scenic places throughout the USA.  And you don't even need to get out of your seat.  So please relax and enjoy these scenes from Picturesque America:
A Short Visual Tour of the United States

The Descent from Mount Washington

Mount Washington, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire,  is notorious for its erratic weather. 
Little occurred on the summit itself until the mid-19th century, when it was developed into one of the first tourist destinations in the nation, with construction of bridle paths and two hotels. Other Victorian-era tourist attractions include a coach road in 1861 (now the Mount Washington Auto Road), and the Mount Washington Cog Railway in 1869. Both attractions remain in operation today. Do you suppose they sold bumper stickers back then that said "This Horse Climbed Mt Washington"..?

The Flume

"The Flume", an elevation drop in the Pemigewasset River, is a natural gorge at the base of Mount Liberty in Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire. Cut by the Flume Brook, the gorge features walls of Conway granite that rise to a height of 70 to 90 feet. Discovered in 1808 by 93-year-old "Aunt" Jess Guernsey, the Flume is now a paid attraction that allows visitors to walk through the gorge. A boulder was lodged in the Flume for many years, until melting snow flooded the river and dislodged the famous boulder in the 1880s.

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Mount Auburn Tower

Washington Tower, in Mount Auburn Cemetery (Cambridge, Massachusetts), was designed by Jacob Bigelow and built in 1852-54. Named for George Washington, the 62-foot (19 m) tower was built of Quincy granite and provides excellent views of the area.

Scenes on Lake George

Lake George, New York, nicknamed "The Queen of American Lakes", was originally named the Andia-ta-roc-te by local Native Americans. Thinking the name too difficult to pronounce, James Fenimore Cooper, in his narrative Last of the Mohicans, called it "The Horican", after a tribe which may have lived there. The first European visitor to the area, Samuel de Champlain, noted the lake in his journal on July 3, 1609, but did not name it. 

On August 28, 1755, William Johnson led British colonial forces to occupy the area in the French and Indian War. He renamed the lake for King George II. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Lake George was a spot commonly sought out by well-known artists, including Martin Johnson Heade, John F. Kensett, E. Charlton Fortune, Frank Vincent DuMond and Georgia O'Keeffe.

Bushkill Falls

 The "Niagara of Pennsylvania," Bushkill Falls is among the Keystone State's most famous scenic attractions. This series of eight waterfalls, nestled deep in the wooded Pocono Mountains, is accessible through a network of hiking trails and bridges which afford impressive views of the falls and the surrounding forest.

A Glimpse of Charleston and Bay From St. Michaels Church
 A  view of Charleston and Carolina Bay, as seen from St. Michael's Church.  St. Michael's Church is an historic church and the oldest surviving religious structure in Charleston, South Carolina. It was built in the 1750's and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. This print shows a man looking out over the city and harbor from the top of the spire.

Minneapolis and St. Anthony with St. Anthony's Falls

A view of Minneapolis and St. Anthony, Minnesota as well as St. Anthony's Falls.  Saint Anthony's Falls, located northeast of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, was the only major natural waterfall on the Upper Mississippi River. The natural falls were replaced after they partially collapsed in 1869. Later, in the 1950's and 1960's, a series of locks and dams was constructed to extend navigation to points upstream.

Named after the Catholic Saint Anthony of Padua, the falls is the birthplace of the former city of St. Anthony and of Minneapolis-- the two cities joined in 1872 to fully use their economic power for milling operations. From 1880 until about 1930, Minneapolis was the "Flour Milling Capital of the World".

Lake Tahoe

A view of Lake Tahoe (Nevada and California).  Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevadas. It straddles the border between California and Nevada. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. It is the second deepest lake in the United States and the sixth largest lake by volume, behind the five Great Lakes.  It is known for the clarity of its water and the panorama of surrounding mountains on all sides.

Mirror Lake Yosemite Valley

Mirror Lake (Yosemite Valley, California).  Mirror Lake is now a small, seasonal lake located in Yosemite National Park. Situated in Tenaya Canyon directly between North Dome and Half Dome, it is the last remnant of a large glacial lake that once filled most of Yosemite Valley at the end of the last Ice Age, and is close to disappearing due to sediment accumulation.

Mount Shasta

A distant view of Mount Shasta, California.  Mount Shasta is a potentially active volcano located at the southern end of the Cascade Range in Siskiyou County, California. Beginning in the 1820's, Mount Shasta was a prominent landmark along what became known as the Siskiyou Trail, which runs at Mount Shasta's base. The Siskiyou Trail is located on the track of an ancient trade and travel route of Native American footpaths between California's Central Valley and the Pacific Northwest.

By the 1860's and 1870's, Mount Shasta was the subject of scientific and literary interest.  In 1877, Muir wrote a dramatic popular article about an experience in which he survived an overnight blizzard on Mount Shasta by lying in the hot sulfur springs found near the summit.

Thank you for joining us on our little autumn road trip!  If you enjoyed these prints, please click the link below to see more- we have too many to fit in one email!  
Enjoy the change of season, and remember- we are open all year 'round!


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