This is my first attempt at a panoramic photo. Click on the image to see the full image. This photo used 3 images to make up the one panoramic. My son pointed out something that I didn't see right off. The two dark cars that are closest to me happen to be the same car. The first instance being in picture 2 and the second instance in picture 3.
This mall is called the Mall at Whitney Field. It use to be called Searstown but was changed a few years ago. I took these pictures on Sunday morning around 11:00. Considering the time and the amount of cars in the parking lot it is hard to imagine that the economy is suffering as much as it is.
Yesterday I posted a picture of the carriage bridge that people build to cross over to the mall. That bridge can usually be found at the end of Fifth Street. There is a more permanent foot bridge that was built long before my time. This one can be found around the end of second street.
There is no easy access to it unless you want to climb down a leaf covered hill. The safest access to this bridge was to go down Whitney hill at the end of Fifth street and take the fire road until you reach the cement bridge. As you can see in the picture, access to the bridge has been fenced off so it is no longer an option.
Growing up in french hill was convienient. A short distance away was a shoping mall. To get to the mall we would cut through Whitney field and cross the Whitney river (Monoosnock Brook). Whitney field got it's name from Fred Whitney who donated the land to the city.
To get across, neighborhood kids would gather shopping carts from the mall and build a bridge as seen here. From time to time the bridge would wash out or the city would clean up the river. This resulted in what was a 10 minute walk to the mall extended to a roughly 45 minute walk.