PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H.—The auto road up New Hampshire's mountain turns 150 next year, and officials are starting the celebration a bit early.
The Mount Washington Auto Road is hosting a champagne toast and fireworks Friday evening to preview events planned in 2011 to mark the anniversary.
The road, originally called the Mount Washington Carriage Road, was completed in 1861. Two years later, President Abraham Lincoln's wife and son took a carriage ride to the summit. Horse drawn carriages will return the weekend of July 16, and auto road employees will gather for a reunion Aug. 8.
General manager Howie Wemyss tells WMWV radio that the return of the "Climb the Clouds" auto race the weekend of June 25 will draw the most attention.