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Devonian Period
(354-417 million years ago)

Mt. Washington

Mt. Washington is located in the White Mountain National Forest in southern Coos County, New Hampshire. At 6, 288 feet tall, it is the highest peak in the Eastern United States.

Mt. Washington is known for its brutal weather. The average annual temperature at the peak is 26.5 °F. The record low temperature for the peak is -47 °F, the record high is 72°F. On average, 256 inches (21 feet) of snow falls on the mountain each year. Mt. Washington also experiences extreme winds. Hurricane force winds occur on the peak on a regular basis. The highest wind speed ever recorded on Earth, 231 mph, occurred on Mt. Washington on April 12, 1934.

These extremes in weather make Mt. Washington an ideal place to study weather. The Mount Washington Observatory monitors and studies the weather and the environment of Mt. Washington.

The White Mountains in Art

Albert Bierstadt

Albert Bierstadt was born in Solingen Germany. His family immigrated to New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1831. In 1853 Bierstadt returned to Germany to study art at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. In 1858 he joined an expedition to survey a wagon road from Fort Laramie, Wyoming, to the Pacific. The landscapes he made of the Rocky Mountains received great praise and he returned to the west to paint in 1863, 1866 and 1872. While best known for his western landscapes, Bierstadt also painted landscapes of the White Mountains in New Hampshire.

Currier Gallery of Art

Hirshorn Museum