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Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

"Newburyport, naber-e-port', a city, port of entry, and one of the capitals of Essex co., Mass., is finely situated £n the S. bank of the Merrimac, 3 miles from the ocean, $ miles N.N.E. of Boston, and about 11 miles E.N.E. of Haverhill. Lat. 42° 48'32" N.; lon. 70°52'47" W. It stands on a gentle declivity, commanding a beautiful prospect. The streets, which extend upward from the river, are short, and terminate at High street, a wide and umbrageous avenue which is lined with residences. The streets are mostly wide, straight, and well shaded, and on High street, hear State, is a small lake surrounded by a terraced promenade. The harbor is spacious, but the entrance of it is obstructed by a sand-bar. The retail trade is mostly transacted on State street, which extends nearly southward and # prolonged (under the name of Newburyport turnpike) to Salem. The city contains a court house, a granite custom house, a city hall, a marine museum, a public library of about 14,000 volumes, 16 churches, a Young Men's Christian Association building, a free hospital, a high school of repute (the Putnam Free School), 4 national banks, 2 savings-banks, 2 large five-story cotton-factories, a fibre-cord-factory, a large saw- and planing-mill, extensive manufactures of machinery, boots and shoes, &c., a comb factory, an iron-foundry, and some ship-building. Two daily and 2 weekly newspapers are published here. Newburyport is connected with Boston, Portland, &c., by the Eastern Railroad, and with Amesbury by a line of horse-cars. It is also a terminus of a branch of the Boston & Maine Railroad. Pop. in 1880, 13,538; in 1890, 13,947."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott


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  • 3. NEWBURYPORT. [Pop, 7,161. Inc. 1764.]
    This town was the port of Newbury until it was separated by the
    act of incorporation.

    It is compactly built, and is remarkable for containing...Read MORE...


  • News 1857 - Rescue of the Missing Newburyport Pilot.
    The Newburyport Herald of the 25th inst. has the following account of the arrival home of the missing and mourned pilot:-

    The day of miracles is...Read MORE...


  • News 1868 - The man who now pays the largest income tax in Newburyport, Mass., began life by working in the Newburyport Herald office for two dollars and a half a week.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    May 30, 1868

  • News 1869 - The recent earthquake at the East was very severe at Newburyport, Mass.,
    shaking the doors and windows and many movable things in the houses. The people generally were awakened by the commotion. An old brick mansion, built ...Read MORE...


  • News 1871 - A Newburyport, Mass., dispatch states that Leonard Choate, known as the Newburyport "Fire-bug" has been sentenced to state prison for life, for committing numerous incendiary acts in that city and vicinity.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    February 18, 1871

  • News 1888 - On the 19th Mrs. Elizabeth Worth White, of Newburyport, Mass., celebrated her one hundredth birthday.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    November 24, 1888

  • News 1888 - Three earthquake shocks occurred on the morning of the 23d at Newburyport, Mass., and houses four miles from town were violently shaken.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 28, 1888

  • 1890 Newburyport Massachusetts
    NEWBURYPORT, anciently the port of Newbury, and now a port of entry, a city, and a seat of justice for Essex County, is delightfully situated on the...Read MORE...


  • Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
    Plum Island Hotel
  • Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
    State Street from Charter Street
  • News 1903 - Injured in Ball Game
    Andrew Pettingill 17 years old, and a member of the senior class of the Newburyport High school, was seriously injured in a ball game at the local...Read MORE...


  • 1906
    Newburyport, a city, port of entry, and one of the captials of Essex co., Mass., is finely situated on the S. bank of the Merrimac River, 3 miles...Read MORE...


  • Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
    1909 advertisement

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    The Newburyport Leader
    39 Inn Street
    Newburyport, Mass.

    Kensington, New Hampshire, sketches and reminiscences by Mace, Ida M Published 1909
  • Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA
    Lord Timothy Dexter Mansion, Newburyport, Mass.


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