Clyde Smith Sr., his wife Hilda, their son Clyde “Mickey” Smith Jr., and their dog Rex pose on top of Mount Cardigan, circa 1930s. Smith was warden of Cardigan’s fire tower for several years, spending summers on the mountain with his family. He later worked for the White Mountain National Forest and N.H. Trails Bureau making trail signs for the region.
In 1937, Smith and AMC opened the 20-mile Maskoma Trail, which connected Mount Cardigan to Cummins Pond and Smarts Mountain. AMC had purchased the former Shem Ackerman farm, which became Cardigan Lodge, at the base of the mountain in 1934 and cut several hiking and ski trails that remain popular today.
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