Goodbye Cruiserface, Hello Happyface: The (old) Long and (new) Short Of It All

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  1. popscycle

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    The Harrisville Mill Village - Part 2: As previously stated, Harrisville NH is a unique, well-preserved 19th-century mill town. Below are more pictures taken around the mill pond in the center of the old village.

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    Originally called Twitchell's Mills, the village began as a combination sawmill and gristmill in 1774.

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    Today, Harrisville retains its two early textile mills together with a range of related buildings, including boarding houses, workers’ cottages, owners’ houses, a store, meeting house, school, dams and mill ponds.

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    There is still much to explore and we will be going back soon. More pics to follow.
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    When Your Farkles Sparkle In Markle, It's A Happy Thing: Seen from the road at coordinates 40.829565, -85.336258.

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    That would be Markle, IN, just off Rt 24.
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    View From The Kinzua Visitor Center: Below is view from the Kinzua Bridge Visitor Center at coordinates 41.759778, -78.587139.

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    Train Fix: Literally and figuratively.

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    Taken today at the GU rail head.
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    A Newer Town Hall: While heading south on NH Hwy 12 through Charleston, NH, we happened upon the old town hall shown below. Located at coordinates 43.235986, -72.42379, it was somewhat more colorful than surrounding buildings and we had to investigate.

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    As you can readily see, this town hall is more an Italianate structure, ca. 1872, than the traditional white, colonial NH town hall. Charleston was incorporated in 1783 and, as far as we know, nothing of major, historical importance happened here. Hall of Fame catcher, Carleton Fisk, was from Charleston. Also from Charleston were two NH governors, one Wyoming governor, one acting governor of the Montana territory, the inventor of paper towels, the inventor of barbed wire, a Union brigadier general, a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition and actor James Broderick,
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    Another Take On A Town Hall: Riding through Westmorland NH, we stopped just long enough to get a pic of their town hall, located at coordinates 42.961908, -72.442857. I am guessing the Greek revival front end was a later addition; however, I've no information on the date of the building.

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    Westmoreland was primarly an agricultural town that began life around 1735 as a CT River fort. It was the second in line of Connecticut River forts designed to protect from Indian attacks. Today, the town has a population somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 people.
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    The Harrisville Mill Village - Part 3: As previously stated, Harrisville NH is a unique, well-preserved 19th-century mill town. Below are the last three pictures taken around the mill pond in the center of the old village.

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    Noting the tuckpointing on the old mill building above, we were amazed at how well the citizenry has maintained these old structures. The pictures in part 2 and 3 were taken at or around coordinates 42.945607, -72.094765. We're planning a return trip in the near term to capture this town in greater detail.
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    The Long Way To Mobility: While riding through Hinsdale NH, I have passed a particular historical sign hundreds of times but never stopped. On this particular day however, I hear Kevin over the intercom saying to pull over. He wanted to both take a break and look at the sign.

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    The historical marker turned out to be very interesting.

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    It's not often you hear of a 15 year old carpenter building both steam and gasoline powered vehicles as early as 1875. Just across the street from this sign is the building where George built these things. It is located at coordinates 42.787907, -72.474185.

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    Now intrigued, we found the following information on the building above at hemmings.com:

    The man who put this three-story building on the map was not Joel Derby, who built it in 1837 as a cooperage (though keep that date in mind). Nor was it Captain Jason R. Holman or Charles D. Merriman, the business partners who transformed the building into a machine shop in 1865. Rather, it was George Alvin Long, a 15-year-old resident of Northfield, Massachusetts, just over the state line, who came to work at the machine shop as an apprentice in 1875. It was in this shop that Long built a single-cylinder charcoal-fired steam engine, mated it to a four-wheeled carriage with a fifth wheel up front for steering, and created a self-propelled vehicle, what many allege to be the first in the United States. Over the next three years, he proceeded to refine his horseless carriage, running it up to 35 MPH when the local roads permitted. His contraption was not appreciated by all: Northfield banned him from operating it there after he gained a reputation as a demon on wheels, scaring horses off the road and spewing cinders as he drove by. Long simply responded by taking to the streets under the cover of night, though he still managed to rile the locals, who eventually persuaded him to disassemble it in 1878. The chassis went to the town of Hinsdale for use as a (horse-drawn) fire-fighting wagon and the boiler went on a cargo boat that plied the Connecticut River.
    Long also built a steam powered tricycle, which is now in the Smithsonian. Shown below, Long's trike uses a v-twin cylinder steam engine fired by gasoline.

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    Kevin Eyes The Africa Twin: While making a general store stop, we encountered an Africa Twin enthusiast who'd taken possession of this new steed. Kevin gave it the once-over.

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    Although a good looking ride, Kevin said he'd be sticking to his 2013 GS and the Harley he never rides.
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    A Sterling Nap: Just the place for a quick afternoon nap.

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    This is a favorite gathering spot for glider enthusiasts (i.e., the tiny, Sterling, MA, airport). On this day, though, there was only one lonely Schweizer out on the line, seemingly waiting for a tow.

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    No tow plane ever showed up, Kevin got up from his nap and we left.
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    One-dimensional Harley Davidson's (and I love Harley's) do seem to get neglected, when a versatile GS is in the garage.
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    Yes they do. The funny thing is he's talked about getting an RT as his 'going down the slab' cruiser but can't part with the Harley due to memories of various cross-country, Rolling Thunder and Sturgis rides with it. There's not room in the man cave for 4 motorcycles and I don't think he really wants 3 bikes. Personally, I think he should move the Harley to the basement as a shrine for perpetual shining and get an RT into the man cave, but that's just me.
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    The General Store Chronicles -The Putney (VT) General Store: Located at coordinates 42.975457, -72.521901, this is a true general store, with staples and food. For us, the Putney store is generally a drink, sandwich and/or sundries stop when plying I-91 or Rt 5 going to or from upper Vermont.

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    Although old since inception, it is a new, old store, having been rebuilt several times after several fires. The beams and woodwork, not to mention fire sprinklers, are all relatively new, as you can see below.

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    Some of the locals seem to think the place is cursed, having expressed their frustration in a 2017 news report.

    PUTNEY, Vt. – The Putney General Store, established in the 1790s, is having a devil of a time staying open in its fourth century. Just don't call it cursed. Efforts to keep it thriving have been challenged over the past nine years by two fires, one of which was arson; a lapsed lease after the proprietor became ill; and, most recently, the unexpected cancer death of a pharmacist who had run the store for just over three years. The store is again closed, and the owner of the building, the Putney Historical Society, which is paying a mortgage and can't afford to keep the doors closed, is planning the store's next incarnation, hoping someone will be able to take it over and run it for decades. "Some people say, `It's cursed, you see it's cursed,"' said Lyssa Papazian, an architectural historian and member of the Putney Historical Society who has worked on the store since shortly after the first fire in 2008. "OK, we are not going there. It is not cursed but, well, it goes to show you how difficult the business is of running a store in Vermont." Source.​

    The structure of the building, which backs up to Sacketts Brook, is mostly new. The dam and ponds suggests there were once mills here.

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    Due to the lack of significant water volume in Sacketts Brook, Putney never became a major player during the industrial revolution and remained a sleepy, NE village just off the banks of the CT River.
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    The only thing that had changed in this town was the cars -- other than that it looked as though time had frozen. Was amazing and also a bit surreal.
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    This was the first one I'd seen. Mike (owner of the bike) let me know that Honda began importing them in 2016. This one was a dual clutch automatic. I liked the paint scheme, which was similar to my 1984 Honda Interceptor (why did I ever get rid of that bike -- sigh).
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    You're right. Also, we missed some of the surrounding stuff, especially the old general store shown below.

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    Definitely a place to revisit!
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    Classic Colonial Architecture: I happened across this classic old colonial in Putney VT just down the street from the general store. Located at coordinates 42.975802, -72.522613, the size, double chimneys at each end of the house and door on the side suggest age and, at the time, some wealth - possibly an early mill or store owner.

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    What caught my eye was the architecture of the carriage house addition on the back. You couldn't see much of it from in front so I went back across the creek to get a better glimpse. It looked really old and of some size.

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    The creek view didn't help much but a sat view seemed to show three additions.
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    Two Bikes And A Bridge: Below are pics taken in NH of/at the County Covered Bridge (a.k.a. Hancock Greenfield Covered Bridge) spanning the Coontoocook River at coordinates 42.956720, -71.934809.

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    We were riding up to the Hancock Inn & Fox Tavern (for pics only, no drinks) when we came upon this bridge. Although this covered bridge was inventoried in Basecamp, it had been forgotten and I am not sure where any previous pics, if any, might be. So, it was time to stop and look over this beauty.

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    The bridge was built in 1937, replacing a Long truss covered bridge built in 1852 that was extensively damaged by flooding in 1936. Construction of these types of bridges was generally supplanted by the more economical steel girder bridges after World War II. It has a total length of 87.9 ft. and a deck width of 20 ft. Vertical clearance above deck is 12.5 ft.

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    Below is a view of the Coontoocook river from the covered bridge.

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    Farther up river is the notable Coontoocook Covered Railroad Bridge, which is the oldest known covered RR bridge in the U.S.
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    Inn Impressions - The Hancock Inn & Tavern: We know there are riders and travelers who seek out inns rather than hotels/motels. As we happen by them, we often stop to look around and, if possible, get some historical perspective. Once such place was the historic Hancock Inn & Tavern at coordinates 42.973113, -71.982848. This is the oldest, continuously operating inn in the state of NH.

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    It began operations by offering food and accomodations in 1789 when George Washington was president and is still doing so today We didn't go in but did go up on the porch and chat with some of the guests.

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    I got the distinct impression that the accommodations were good and the food very good. According to one guest, people come here from close by to stay overnight and eat because of the food and atmosphere. That was understandable sitting on porch.

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    It was a nice place to stop and rest. Next will be a food visit to the Tavern for the Yankee Pot Roast with Cranberry Citrus Compote and a cold beer. Being only several hours away from home, it's too close for an overnight stay. Note: We've no affiliation with or interest in the Hancock Inn.
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