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Early Crawford Notch, New Hampshire Willey House Stereoview by Kilburn Bros
No. 87 Willey House. Photographed and Published by Kilburn Brothers, Littleton, NH. Early square cornered mount. During the night of August 28th, 1826, a violent rain storm touched off a huge landslide from the side of what is now known as Mt Willey in Crawford Notch, New Hampshire. Days later, anxious friends and relatives penetrated the debris-strewn notch to learn the fate of Joseph Willey and his family, who operated a travelers rest stop there. They found the surrounding fields buried with the huge boulders, trees, and masses of soil that had swept down from the slopes, but the house had completely escaped damage because it was located just below a ledge that divided the slide into two streams which bypassed it on either side. Inside the house, the would-be rescuers found beds that appeared to have been left hurriedly, a Bible laying open on a table, and the family dog howling mournfully. The bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Willey, two children, and two hired men were found nearby, crushed in the wreckage of the slide. The bodies of three other children were never found It is believed that, upon hearing the first terrible sounds of the impending avalanche, the Willeys rushed from their home seeking the safety of a nearby cave, but in an ironic twist of fate, they instead rushed to their doom. A book (belived to be the above mentioned bible) and a candlestick sit upon a rough country table or stand in front of the house. About Exc- to Exc condition. Vslt to slt edgewear, vslt dirty, vslt light towards edges.
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