The conflagration raged for weeks, destroying the topsoil and denuding the mountain above 2,000 feet (610 m).although the exact meaning of the word (what kind of mountain) is uncertain.
A small cabin, located farther down the mountain, served as the fire lookout's residence. The earliest recorded ascent of Mount Monadnock took place in 1725 by Captain Samuel Willard and fourteen rangers under his command who camped at the top and used the summit as a lookout while patrolling for Native Americans.
Before the practice came to be frowned upon, many early hikers carved their names in the summit; the earliest such engraving reads "S.
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He is regarded as having written one of the first serious naturalist inventories of the mountain.