|The Mt. Washington Auto Road will be hosting the 6th annual Alton Weagle Unusual Ascent Day on Saturday, May 28th as part of the kick-off celebration for the Road’s 155th operating season. The event will commemorate the many unusual ascents made on the “Carriage Road” since it opened to the public in 1861.
This spirit of fun and adventure was perhaps best captured by the day’s namesake, the late Alton Weagle, of Walpole, MA. Weagle was a great advocate for safe and sustainable enjoyment of the White Mountains, who became known for awhile as “Mr. Mt. Washington”, thanks to his entertaining exploits during the 1950s. At various times he has run up the Auto Road barefoot, backwards and blindfolded (up and down) and he has pushed up a wheelbarrow with a 100 pound sack of sugar without setting it down.
All of this follows in a great tradition of remarkable Auto Road ascents throughout history, which will be further shared and celebrated on May 28th. “Mt. Washington has always drawn a unique assortment of characters in search of personal distinction-some have been more serious minded than others, of course,” said Howie Wemyss, Auto Road general manager.
Since the inception of Alton Weagle Day, the ascenders have included a “Star Wars” scout trooper, roller skiers, the Cookie Monster from “Sesame Street,” a car-top kayaker, a stilt walker, an in-line skater and a firefighter in full turnout gear.
An awards ceremony will be held in the Auto Road’s Red Barn Museum recognizing the unique nature of each ascender. The museum features a historic selection of the many stages and vehicles that have operated on the Road since it opened to the public.
First opened in 1861, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is America’s original man-made attraction. At nearly 8 miles long, it stretches to the summit of Mt. Washington at 6,288 feet, the highest peak in the Northeast.
The Mt. Washington Auto Road is currently open daily to tree line from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., weather permitting. For the latest updates on Road conditions and the operating schedule, visit http://www.MtWashingtonAutoRoad.com or call 603.446.3988.