Plans to build a new hotel high up on New Hampshire’s Mount Washington have sparked an outcry among people concerned the hotel would ruin the mountain.
According to an article on BostonGlobe.com, Mount Washington’s summit already attracts more than 370,000 visitors a year — by hiking trails, an Auto Road, and a Cog Railway that’s been operating since 1869. Seizing on the potential for more tourism dollars, the railway’s owners are proposing to build a higher-end hotel about 1,000 feet below the rocky summit.
Hikers who tramp the Presidential Range fear the construction will mean less connection with the uncluttered outdoors. The Appalachian Mountain Club, having recently dropped its own plans to build a new hut because of opposition, has declared itself concerned about the new hotel idea.