Apparently the idea for the road resurfaced nine years later. Interestingly, Bemis (who now owned the Old Crawford House) received a letter from Dr. William A. Page of North Sandwich, NH, on January 21, 1861, which again addressed the road proposal (5). “... The people here are about making an effort to secure some of the summer travel to this vicinity & for this purpose have put a bridle path onto White Face Mountain & also to a natural flume near the foot of the mountain - also a bridle path to Flat Mountain pond & Greeley’s Mountain house in Waterville. But we feel it quite important to secure a road direct from here to your Stand at the Old Crawford House & there is no question that it can be done if the public are only informed so as to become interested in it. It would be a great advantage to this town, Centre Harbor, the Steamboat Co’s., the Cocheco Boston & Maine, Lawrence, Concord, & Nashua & Worcester Railroads, as it would draw the travel from the Grand Trunk road by shortening the Stage routes. If a Bridle path were made first from Birch interval to your hotel so people could go over the route & see how feasible it is, a carriage road would soon follow from necessity. The people at Birch Intervale got almost started to make a bridle path to Swift river Intervale (half way to your place) the past season but did not get started to work as the failure of the proposed turnpike road a few years since has made them timid, .....” (5).
It would seem that nothing came of this proposal either and no turnpike, or other road, was ever built on this route.
Davis, N. T. P. 1852 Letter from Nathaniel T. P. Davis (Hart’s Location, NH) to Dr. Samuel Bemis (Boston, MA), dated March 6, 1852. In the Samuel Bemis Papers at the Conway Public Library, Conway, NH. (1).
Smith, D. K. 1852 Survey of the Winnipissiogee and White Mountain Turnpike. Respectfully submitted to the Board of Managers of the proposed turnpike by D. K. Smith, surveyor, Gilford, October 27, 1852. In the Samuel Bemis Papers at the Conway Public Library, Conway, NH. (2).
General Laws of the State of New Hampshire 1853 An ACT to incorporate the Winnipiseoge and White Mountain Turnpike Company, Chapter 1360, page 1282, Private Acts. Approved, Jan. 7, 1853. On file at the NH State Archives, Concord, NH. (3).
Wood, Frederic J.1997 The Turnpikes of New England. Branch Line Press. Pepperell, MA. Originally published by Marshall Jones Co., Boston, in 1919. (4).
Page, Dr. William A. 1861 Letter from Dr. William A. Page, North Sandwich, NH, to Dr. Samuel Bemis, dated January 21, 1861. In the Samuel Bemis Papers at the Conway Public Library, Conway, NH. (5).