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A Brief History

A Brief History
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1959
New Hampshire’s Kancamagus Highway, a scenic 34.5-mile stretch of twisty road between Lincoln and Conway, opens to cars and neck-craners.

1960
Wait ’til next year: Eager New England foliage fans are left disappointed after Hurricane Donna blasts through the region; on the coast, salt spray turns many tree leaves brown.

1971
Columbus Day is now observed as a federal Monday holiday. The three-day break, occurring during peak New England color, makes this the Super Bowl weekend of leaf peeping.

1976
Frustrated New England outdoorsman and backpacker David DeLorme of Maine decides to make a better map of his home state and creates the first item that would soon grow into scores of DeLorme atlases.

1978
Hot off the press! The state of Vermont issues its first foliage reports to newspapers and other publications.

1986
Press 1 for great color: Vermont’s Travel Division launches its Foliage Hotline, a frugal operation at the time, featuring eight answering machines.

1990
New England folksinger/songwriter Cheryl Wheeler releases her song “When Fall Comes to New England.”

2001
“Leaf peeping” enters the national culture as the Rhode Island-centric animated TV comedy Family Guy shows what happens when Manhattan tourists invade New England.

2010
Allen J. Coombes’s 656-page Book of Leaves, a whopper of a guide to 600 different species, is published.

2011
Snowliage! A record 32-inch snowstorm hits Peru, Massachusetts, on October 29-30.

September 2012
Forty-six down … Yankee Magazine publishes its 46th foliage-themed cover.

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