The aerial tram at Cannon Mountain: Cannon's original aerial tram, which began operating in 1938, was the first passenger aerial tramway in North America.
Marking the occasion: "Ketchup," above, and its partner, "Mustard," are sporting special logos marking the 80th anniversary of the opening of the first aerial passenger tram in North America. (John Koziol/Sunday News Correspondent)
Lafayette and Lincoln: The original 1938 tram cars were named Lafayette and Lincoln, after the two Franconia Notch peaks seen in the background here. The modern cars are nicknamed for their colors: Tram Car 1 – also known as "Mustard" – approaches the summit station. Its red counterpart is nicknamed "Ketchup." (MEGHAN McCARTHY McPHAUL)
Plenty of passengers: More than 7 million people have made the scenic 1-mile trip up Cannon Mountain via the tramway since Tram II went into service in 1980. (MEGHAN McCARTHY McPHAUL)
Moving in tandem: One car can't move without the other. As one leaves the summit station, the other leaves the base. They are shown passing at Tower 1. (MEGHAN McCARTHY McPHAUL)
Room for more: The original tram's cars held 27 passengers each; today's hold about 80. Bill Norton, Cannon Mountain manager from 1954 to 1980, posed with one of each during construction of the new tram in 1980. (Courtesy)
Waiting for a ride: A crowd gathered for the June 28, 1938, opening of the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, the first passenger tram in North America. Over its 42-year career, the original tram carried more than 6.5 million passengers. (New England Ski Museum)
A mountain of firsts: Beyond being the first passenger aerial tramway on the continent, Cannon also boasted having the first professional ski patrol, seen in this circa 1938 photo. During the summer months, many ski patrollers served as mountain guides, leading tramway passengers around the Rim Trail at the top of Cannon. (And as if that weren't enough, Cannon hosted the first World Cup ski races in North America in 1967.) (Courtesy)