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Concord, New Hampshire, USA - State Block, 1870

Concord, Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA

Levi Hutchins of Concord invented the first alarm clock in 1787.

The Pierce Manse in Concord is the home of the only New Hampshire citizen ever elected President. Franklin Pierce was a hero of the war with Mexico and the youngest President elected at that time.
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State Block, 1870
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Main Street looking South, Concord, N.H.
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Main Street looking South, Concord, N.H.
Park Street showing Historical Society Bldg., State House and Library, Concord, N.H.
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Park Street showing Historical Society Bldg., State House and Library, Concord, N.H.
Main Street looking South from Memorial Arch, Concord, N.H.
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Main Street looking South from Memorial Arch, Concord, N.H.
North State Street, Concord, N. H.
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Central Fire Station
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Pleasant View, Home of Rev. Mary Baker G. Eddy
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Pleasant View, Home of Rev. Mary Baker G. Eddy
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State Library, 1905
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Post Office, 1905
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High School, 1905
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Memorial Arch and Capitol, 1906
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First Church of Christian Scientists, 1906
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Main St. looking North, 1906
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Main St. looking North, 1906
At Contoocook River Park, 1906
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At Contoocook River Park, 1906
City Hall, 1907
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City Hall, 1907
New Upper School. St. Paul School, 1909
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New Upper School. St. Paul School, 1909
State Capitol
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Look Out, Contoocook Park
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New Auto Fire Truck, Chief Green and Crew, 1910
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New Auto Fire Truck, Chief Green and Crew, 1910
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State Prison
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Contoocook River
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Merrimack Valley
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Old Ladies Home
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Upper End, Penacook Lake
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W. B. Durgin Co's Factory from White's Park, Concord, N.H.
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W. B. Durgin Co's Factory from White's Park, Concord, N.H.
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Margaret Pillsbury Hospital
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1725 - Concord, New Hampshire founded

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1787 - Levi Hutchins of Concord invented the first alarm clock.

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1808 - Capital established
State capital established in Concord
1839 - Concord
Concord, New Hampshire
The capitol of the state, and shire town of the county of Merrimack. It lies on both sides of the Merrimack river, in N. lat. 43° 12' 29", and W. lon. 71° 29'; and is 146 miles S.W. from Augusta, Me.; 97 S.E. from Montpelier, Vt.; 153 N.E. from Albany, N.Y.; 65 N.N.W. from Boston, Mass.; 103 N. from Providence, R.I.; 139 N.N.E. from Hartford, Conn., and 474 N.E. by E. from Washington. There are five ponds in Concord, the largest of which are Turkey, in the S.W., and Long pond in the N.W. parts of the town, on the streams passing from which are some valuable mills and privileges. The Contoocook river enters the W. corner of the town, and uniting with the Merrimack on the N.W. line, forms at its junction the celebrated Duston's Island. On the borders of the Merrimack, which is the principal river of this region, are rich intervale lands, highly valued by the inhabitants, and well cultivated. Soon after entering Concord, the river passes over Sewall's falls, or... Read MORE...

1854 - Concord
Concord, a post-town, seat of justice of Merrimack county, New Hampshire, and capital of the state, is pleasantly situated on the right bank of the Merrimack river, 60 miles N. N. W. from Boston. Lat. 43° 12' 29" N., Ion. 71° 29' W. It extends about 2 miles along the river, and three-quarters of a mile back. The streets are handsomely laid out. and many of them beautifully shaded. The hotels, most of the mercantile business, and a large portion of the manufactories are on Main street, which is nearly 100 feet broad and about 2 miles long. State street, also about 2 miles long, has on it the state prison, a massive granite structure, and the Methodist General Biblical Institute, founded in 1847. The state house stands in the midst of a beautiful common, planted with maple and elm trees. It is built of hewn granite, is 126 feet long, 49 feet wide, and 2 stories high above the basement. The other public buildings are the churches. 7 or 8 in number, 2 railroad depots and 3 banks.... Read MORE...

1859
CONCORD, the cap. of Merrimac co, and the state of New Hampshire, situated on both sides of the Merrimac river, 65 m. NNW of Boston, in N lat. 43 12 29. The state-house is a handsome structure; and the state-prison is also situated here. The falls of the Merrimac create a vast water-power which is turned to considerable advantage. By Concord river, which has been made navigable for boats, by the Middlesex canal,, and by a railroad, communication is kept up with Boston. Pop. 4,897.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
1866 - LARGE FIRE AT CONCORD.
Concord has had a narrow escape from a disastrous conflagration, but fortunately there was little wind and the steam fire engine companies assisted by the Concord Railroad force pumps succeeded in staying in progress after two hours' severe labor. The fire broke out about half past three o'clock Friday afternoon in Ford & Kimball's iron foundry about fifty rods below the lower railroad depot and destroyed the following property; Ford & Kimball's iron foundry, loss from $35,000 to $40,000, insured for $11,924; B. F. Duncklee & Co.'s maching shop loss $1000, insured for $1400; Mr. Kimball's dwelling house, furniture mostly saved, loss $3000. The house of Timothy Colby, occupied by three families, was also destroyed. - About one half of Ford & Kimball's valuable paterns were saved. The premises were located nearly opposite ex-Governor Gilmore's residence. Some valuable property, both north and south of and immediately adjoining the fire, was saved, including the flour store of Barrow,... Read MORE...

1867 - Burning of the American House at Concord, N. H. - The Democratic Headquarters.
A correspondent of the Boston Transcript write as follows of the American House at Concord, N. H., which with other buildings was destroyed by fire on Saturday morning, 13th inst.

The hotel was a large three-story building, with piazzas on two sides, situated on the corner of Main and Park streets, the northeast corner of the Capitol Square. It was erected in the Spring of 1834 by Mr. John Park Goss, and was then famous because of the brief time in which it was built - six weeks and two days. The insurance on the house and furniture is stated at $10,000, in the Hartford and Aetna companies, of Hartford, Conn.

The American has, from first to last, been the headquarters of New Hampshire Democracy. Their last council fires expired there with the recent adjournment of the Legislature. This is the third large hotel which has been burned in Concord since 1851, the Eagle having been destroyed in that year and the Phoenix in 1857.
The New York Times
New York, New York
July 15, 1867
1870 - Saw-Mill and Railroad Bridge Burned at Concord, N. H.
SAW-MILL AND RAILROAD BRIDGE BURNED.

CONCORD, N. H., Aug. 19.- FARNUM & MARTIN'S steam saw-mill, in West Concord, was destroyed by fire today. The loss is $7,000; insurance, $4,000. The railroad bridge, near by, was also burned. Loss, $2.000.
The New York Times
New York, New York
August 20, 1870
1874 - Fire on State Street.
An alarm of fire was given last Monday morning at 15 minutes past 12 o'clock, which brought out the department. It proceeded from the two-story wooden tenement house on the north-easterly corner of State and Warren streets, owned by Mrs. Cross, wife of Dr. H. P. Cross, of Jamaica Plains, Mass., and occupied by the family of Charles H. Piper, one of the proprietors of the Crawford House, Boston, Also by George McAllister and Mrs. Jane Piper. The fire was put out after damaging the house to the amount of a thousand dollars; covered by insurance.
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Concord, New Hampshire
June 17, 1874
1875 - Accident.
On Tuesday last Mr. Harry Bartlett was loading a heavy trunk upon his baggage express wagon, when, by a little start of the horse, the trunk fell back, striking him upon the shoulder and dislocating a joint. The injury received surgical treatment and he is now doing well.
The New Hampshire Patriot
Concord, New Hampshire
November 24, 1875
1895 - Concord
Concord, a city, the capital of New Hampshire, and Merrimack co., is pleasantly situated on the right bank : the Merrimack River, 18 miles N. of Manchester, and 13 miles by railroad N.N.W. of Boston. Lat. about 45° 13' N.; lon. 71°29'W. It extends 2 miles or more along the river, and has wide straight streets, lighted by electricity. The hotels and principal business houses are on." street and Railroad Square. Concord is supplied with good water by works constructed in 1872 at an expense of $200,000. It contains a granite state-house, a government building, and the state library building, situated in the centre of a beautiful common shaded with maples and elms, a city hall, 12 churches (4 Congregational, 3 Baptist, 2 Methodist, 1 Unitarian, 1 Roman Catholic, and 1 Universalist), 3 national banks, 3 savings-banks, a state prison, a high school, St. Paul's School (Episcopal), charmingly located about one mile from the state-house, a state lunatic asylum, and a public library, besides... Read MORE...

1896 - SEVERAL PASSENGERS INJURED - And Three May Die as the Result of a Railroad Accident.
CONCORD, N. H., Aug. 27. - The down express on the Concord Division of the Boston and Maine Railroad due here at 2:28 P. M. left the rails on account of a defective switch near Ferry Street, throwing several cars from the track and injuring several passengers. An ambulance with a corps of physicians has gone to the scene of the wreck.

The train was heavily loaded, many of the passengers being on their way from the veteran's reunion at the Weirs. The speed of the train was moderate, and the first intimation the passengers had of anything wrong was when the cars began to sway and left the iron. Paul Whipple of Riverdale, S. C., who had been to the veteran's reunion and was in the smoking cars, said:

'The train was running along at a moderate rate of speed. The car in which I rode was filled, and everything was going along smoothly when all at once the car began bumping on the iron and the passengers were thrown toward the front end. I got out as quickly as possible and assisted... Read MORE...

1916
Concord, a city, the capital of New Hampshire and of Merrimack co., is pleasantly situated on the right bank of the Merrimac River and on the Boston and Maine R., 18 miles N. of Manchester and 73 miles NNW. of Boston. It extends 2 miles or more along the river. Concord contains a state-house, government building, court-house, city-hall, the state library (containing 80,000 volumes), state prison, state insane asylum, St. Paul's School (Episcopal), and St. Mary's School for girls. Concord has abundant water- power, and extensive manufactures of cotton and woollen goods, carriages and wagons, machinery, leather belting, electrical appliances, pianos, silver-ware, flour, etc. Here are quarries of fine granite, of which large quantities are exported. Pop. in 1870, 12,241 j in 1880, 13,843 ; in 1890, 16,948 ; in 1900, 19,632.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
1920 - $150,000 FIRE AT CONCORD, N.H.
WHITE'S OPERA HOUSE BLOCK PRACTICALLY DESTROYED THIS MORNING.

BULK OF LOSS FELL UPON E. J. GALLAGHER, PUBLISHER OF CONCORD DAILY PATRIOT.

Concord, N. H., Nov. 30. - Fire early this morning, practically destroyed White's Opera House block, with a loss estimated at $150,000. The bulk of the loss fell upon Edward J. Gallagher, publisher of the Concord Daily Patriot and owner of the block, but the Concord Chamber of Commerce, the Republican state committee, occupants of offices, Robert W. Kimball, barber, Charles F. Rowe, automobile supplies, and C. P. Dame, fruit dealer, suffered losses that will be virtually total. The offices, press and composing rooms of the Daily Patriot on the ground floor, were touched little, if at all, by the flames, but books, equipment and machinery were ruined or badly damaged by water.

The block also contained White's Opera House, the oldest theatre in the city, in which some of the best known players in America have appeared. The fire started in the ... Read MORE...

1932 - September 16-17 - Concord NH was drenched with 5.97 inches of rain in 24 hours to establish a record for that location.

The Weather Channel
September 17, 1932
February 16, 1943 - Record cold prevailed in the northeastern U.S. The mercury plunged to 43 degrees below zero at Concord NH.

The Weather Channel
February 16, 1943
1950 - November 25-26 - Wind gusts to 110 mph recorded at Concord NH

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November 26, 1950
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Concord, NH:
New Hampshire State House: Start your visit with a tour of the New Hampshire State House, one of the oldest state capitol buildings in the United States. It's a beautiful architectural gem with a golden dome, and you can learn about the state's history and government.

Museum of New Hampshire History: Located next to the State House, this museum offers fascinating exhibits on the state's history, from its Native American heritage to its role in the American Revolution and beyond.

Kimball Jenkins Estate: This historic mansion and art school is a lovely place to explore. The estate often hosts art exhibitions, workshops, and events in its beautiful gardens.

Christa McAuliffe Planetarium: Named after the beloved teacher who perished in the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster, this planetarium offers educational programs and fascinating shows about space and astronomy.

Bear Brook State Park: If you're an outdoor enthusiast, Bear Brook State Park is a must-visit. It has miles of... Read MORE...

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