(photo Courtesy of mtwashingtonautoroad.com)
PINKHAM NOTCH, NH – The Mt. Washington Auto Road, America’s original and oldest man-made attraction, turns 155 years old on August 8, 2016. First opened in 1861, the Mt. Washington Auto Road has been family owned for over a century.
In honor of the anniversary, free passage will be granted to those cars around the region that feature the famous “This Car Climbed Mt. Washington” bumper sticker permanently affixed on their car. An informal celebration commemorating the Auto Road’s 155th birthday will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 8, cake will be served in the Douglas A. Philbrook Red Barn Museum at the base. The public is also invited to tour the free museum which features examples of the various historic stages which have operated on the Auto Road during the past century and a half.
The Auto Road first opened to the public on August 8, 1861 and while significant improvements to the road surface have taken place over the years, the 8-mile drive offers the same thrilling views today that have delighted travelers for 155 years. Where stage drivers once took guests in mountain wagons pulled by six-horse teams, modern stages now offer guided tours for those who’d rather not drive their own vehicle.
Today’s visitors are drawn to the same “world above treeline” experience that has always made Mt. Washington New Hampshire’s quintessential destination. “We’re proud of our place in history being the oldest manmade attraction in the United States and the fact that we are essentially offering the same amazing, memory making experience that visitors have been enjoying here since 1861,” noted Howie Wemyss, General Manager of the Mt. Washington Auto Road.
The Mt. Washington Auto Road is open daily for guided tours or the opportunity to drive your own vehicle to the summit of Mt. Washington. For more information about Auto Road operations and seasonal events, call (603) 466-3988 or online at: www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com