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    Default Tuesday Trivia: New Hampshire

    Some Interesting Facts about New Hampshire:

    Of the thirteen original colonies, New Hampshire was the first to declare its independence from Mother England -- a full six months before the Declaration of Independence was signed.

    The highest wind speed recorded at ground level is at Mt. Washington, on April 12, 1934. The wind squall was observed at 231 miles per hour. The winds were three times as fast as those in most hurricanes.

    New Hampshire is the only state that ever played host at the formal conclusion of a foreign war. In 1905, Portsmouth was the scene of the treaty ending the Russo-Japanese War.

    The first potato planted in the United States was at Londonderry Common Field in 1719.

    Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr., the first American to travel in space is from East Derry, New Hampshire.

    In 1833 the first free public library in the United States was established in Peterborough.

    New Hampshire adopted the first legal lottery in the twentieth century United States in 1963.

    Cornish Hill Pottery Company handcrafts functional stoneware decorated in the traditions of Early American and European potters with a method known as "slip trailing". The slip is a creamy mixture of clay and water and is applied to moist, almost hardened pots by hand. The slip contains various colorants, including natural clay colors and metals.

    On December 30, 1828, about 400 mill girls walked out of the Dover Cotton Factory enacting the first women's strike in the United States. The Dover mill girls were forced to give in when the mill owners immediately began advertising for replacement workers.

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

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    The Mount Washington auto road at Great Glen is New Hampshire's oldest manmade tourist attraction.

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    Daniel Webster was a politician and statesman, born at Franklin in 1782. He was known in his day as a mighty orator, a reputation preserved in the Stephen Vincent Benet story The Devil and Daniel Webster, in which he beats the original lawyer, Lucifer, in a contract case over a man's soul.

    New Hampshire's State House is the oldest state capitol in which a legislature still meets in its original chambers.

    Alexandria was the birthplace of Luther C. Ladd, the first enlisted soldier to lose his life in the Civil War.

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    The very first motorized ascent of the Mount Washington auto road was by Feelan O. Stanley, of Stanley Steamer fame, in 1899.

    Dover was settled in 1623. It is the oldest permanent settlement in New Hampshire.

    The Enfield Shaker community was one of eighteen villages located from Maine to Kentucky and from Massachusetts to Ohio.

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    Augustus Saint-Gaudens from Cornish was the first sculptor to design an American coin. His commission became fraught with difficulties related to Saint-Gaudens' desire for high relief relative to the demands of mass production and use.

    America's Stonehenge is a 4000 year old megalithic (stone constructed) site located on Mystery Hill in Salem and presently serves as a leisurely, educational tour for the whole family.

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    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.

    The Memorial Bell Tower at Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge has four bronze bas-reliefs designed by Norman Rockwell. The bell tower is specifically dedicated to women military and civilian who died serving their country.

    The Bavarian-style hamlet of Merrimack is home to the famous eight-horse hitch, and the Clydesdales maintained by the Anheuser-Busch Brewery.

    Cannon Aerial Tramway is the first aerial passenger tramway in North America. It was built in 1938 at Franconia Notch.

    In Holderness Captain Pierre Havre and his canine first mate, Bogie, have built a sailing tour around the locations from the Katherine Hepburn/Henry Fonda movie On Golden Pond.

    The Christa McAuliffe Planetarium in Concord is a state-of-the art planetarium dedicated to the memory of New Hampshire teacher Christa McAuliffe, who died in the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.

    New Hampshire's state motto is "Live Free or Die". The motto comes from a statement written by the Revolutionary General John Stark, hero of the Battle of Bennington. They've taken their motto a little too seriously as it is the only state where seat belts or motorcycle helmets are not compulsory.

    As leaders in the revolutionary cause, New Hampshire delegates received the honor of being the first to vote for the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

    Sarah Josepha Hale author and journalist who wrote the poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb" in 1830 is from Newport, New Hampshire.

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    The Belknap Mill built at Laconia in 1823 is the oldest unaltered brick knitting mill in America.

    The Blue Ghost of Wolfeboro is the U.S. Mail Boat for Lake Winnipesaukee. It makes a daily 60-mile loop delivering mail to 30 stops at camps and islands around the lake.

    At Stonyfield Farm in Londonderry you can learn how yogurt is made. From cow to incubator to cooler. They give away samples and you can buy some moo chandise.

    The USS Albacore was a prototype submarine built at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and commissioned in 1953. At the time she was the fastest submarine ever designed.

    The granite profile "Old Man of the Mountain" is one of the most famous natural landmarks in the state. The Old Man's head measures 40 feet from chin to forehead and is made up of five ledges. Nature carved this profile thousands of years ago. The natural sculpture is 1,200 feet above Echo Lake.

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    It takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to make approximately 1 gallon of maple syrup.

    Wallace D. Lovell built the Hampton River Bridge in 1900 called the "mile-long bridge". It was reputed to be the longest wooden bridge in the world.

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    Captain John Smith named New Hampshire after the town of Hampshire, England.

    The Pembroke Glass Works produced crown window glass from 1839 until 1850. The process of gathering molten glass on a blowpipe, and blowing the glass into a balloon shape. The blowpipe is removed, a solid "punty" rod is attached and the glass is spun rapidly until a disc is formed. When the glass cools the outer portion beyond the central knob is then cut into panes.

    Marilla Ricker became the first woman to attempt to vote in New Hampshire in 1870 and also the first woman to attempt to run for governor in 1920.

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    The three miles long Cog Railway at Mount Washington is the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway and also the second steepest rack railway in the world which escalates Mt. Washington’s western slope beginning at 2,700 feet and ending at 6,288 feet above sea level. So, yeah, you are bound to be thrilled!



    Some Strange Laws in New Hampshire:

    - You may not tap your feet, nod your head, or in any way keep time to the music in a tavern, restaurant, or cafe.
    - You cannot sell the clothes you are wearing to pay off a gambling debt.
    - It is considered an offense to check into a hotel under an assumed name.
    - It is illegal to pick seaweed up off of the beach.
    - Any cattle that crosses state roads must be fitted with a device to gather its feces.
    - You may not run machinery on Sundays.
    - On Sundays citizens may not relieve themselves while looking up.

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    Default Re: Tuesday Trivia: New Hampshire

    Wow that's a lot of fascinating history.

    I have been to NH many times, but mostly to North Conway on women only bus tours, which has outlet shopping. No sales tax is great incentive when We currently pay 13% sales tax.

    Enjoy life and do what makes you happy. Everything else will follow.

    Every day I try to do one thing that challenges my comfort zone.

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    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: Tuesday Trivia: New Hampshire

    So, Levi is the guy to cuss in the morning when you are jangled awake. Good to know!
    ATTITUDE IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ORDEAL AND AN ADVENTURE

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    Default Re: Tuesday Trivia: New Hampshire

    Wearing seatbelts is the law now but helmets, regretably, are still not required. The Old Man of the Mountain is no longer but still exists on the state's license plates.
    A lot of interesting info there!

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    Default Re: Tuesday Trivia: New Hampshire

    That is a lot of significant history for such a tiny state. Think I'll have to look up the History of my state, just to see how it compares.
    Thanks for posting.

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