Interesting, Strange & Weird New Hampshire Facts
New Hampshire Facts:
Letter Abbreviation for New Hampshire is "NH"
has only a single area code for the entire state:
state animal was adopted in 1983 and is the
white tailed deer.
The NH state insect is the ladybug which was adopted in 1977.
The NH state butterfly is the Karner Blue, established in 1992.
The NH state tree is the white birch established in 1947.
The NH state sport is skiing and was adopted in 1998.
The NH state Flower is the Purple Lilac
state drink is Apple Cider
voice of NH is that of Fritz Wetherbee, named on April 27, 2011
state Bird is the Purple Finch:
The Purple Finch:
The NH State Bird is the Purple Finch.
The Purple Finch is not actually purple, but is a deep red color on the head and
neck areas of the male birds. The Purple Finch is a small bird, about the same
size as a sparrow (about 6" tall). The female Purple Finch has no red color. The
head of the female Purple Finch is brown, and the body of the bird has dark
brown streaks. The wings of both male and female Purple Finches are brown and
their bellies are mostly a whitish color. The female Purple Finch has brown
streaks on her belly.
NH State Flag:
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The NH State Nickname is "The Granite State."The
nickname came from the fact that most of the mountains are made of
The NH State Motto is "Live Free or Die"
Manchester is the largest city in New Hampshire
point in NH is Mt. Washington (6,288 feet)
highest wind speed ever recorded on Earth was on
top of Mount Washington - 231 MPH, set back April 12, 1934. NH's record was
officially broken on January 25, 2010 when the World Meteorological
Organization verified the highest recorded wind speed on Earth was
actually 253 MPH and had occurred some 14 years before it was
officially recognized on Barrow Island Australia in 1996.
There are 10 counties and 234 towns and cities in NH. See our
list of New Hampshire towns and cities
Major Industries are: Textiles, Tourism, Electronics and Computer
NH was the 9th state in the United States to become a state on
President Franklin Pierce hails from NH. He was born in
Hillsboro on 11/23/1804. Pierce was the 14th president serving
The major rivers in NH are the
The largest lake in NH is
NH borders 3 states and a country: Maine to the east, Mass to
the south, Vermont to the west and Canada top the north.
NH borders one body of water: the Atlantic Ocean.
State flag: The state flag came to be in 1909 but it was
actually designed in 1784. The state flag displays the state
seal on a dark blue background. The state seal has a picture
of a ship that is sailing by a large granite rock and gliding on
clear, blue water. The ship is surrounded by a circle with the
words SEAL OF THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE 1776 and also is
accompanied by yellow leaves and 9 yellow stars that symbolize that
NH was the 9th state.
NH has many wildlife including black bear, raccoon, skunks,
woodchucks, muskrats, wild turkey, otters, coyotes, moose, white
tailed deer, red and grey fox, bobcats, lynx, fisher cats, minks and
weasels. View wildlife photos
Castle is the smallest town in NH covering only .8 square miles.
2000 Census Statistics About NH:
Tupperware was invented in 1938 by Earl Tupper in Berlin NH.
The first women’s magazine editor in the nation was Sara Hale from
The first credit union in the nation was established in 1908 by
Monsignor Pierre Harvy who was the pastor at St Mary’s Church.
The first in the nation primary was in 1920 at the
Balsams Hotel in
Dixville Notch NH.
The first state lottery in the country was done in 1964 by Governor
John King who purchased the 1st ticket at Rockingham Park in Salem.
The largest American flag in the nation was made at t he Amoskeag
Mills in Manchester NH in 1914 and is 90 feet long and 50 feet high.
The largest dwelling in a Shaker community happened in 1937. The
Enfield Shakers built the Great Stone Dwelling which is 62 feet
The first American in space hails from Derry NH. Alan Shepard was
born in 1923.
The oldest summer resort in America was built in 1768. Governor John
Wentworth built the estate in Wolfeboro NH.
The largest private wild game preserve in North America was
established in 1888 by Austin Corbin II from Newport. The preserve
in 25,000 acres near Croydon Mountain.
The largest ice house in the world was built in 1890. The Fresh Fish
Pond Ice Company from Brookline NH used 60,000 tons of ice.
The first snowmobile in the nation was invented by George Morton of
Some claim the first snowmobile was invented by
Virgil White in Ossipee NH who invented and sold a kit for the Model
T Ford. The front tires were replaced with skiis, the rear tires
replaced with tracks.
The oldest covered bridge in the nation was built in 1829 and is the
Haverhill-Bath Covered Bridge.
The longest covered bridge is 460 feet long. The
Bridge connects Cornish, NH with Windsor, VT.
The very first potato was planted in Londonderry NH in 1719
first free public library was built in Peterborough New Hampshire in 1833.
had the first women’s strike in 1828 when 400 female workers walked
out of the Dover Cotton factory.
first alarm clock was invented by Levi Hutchins in Londonderry in
first aerial passenger tram was built in Franconia Notch in 1938.
NH State Quarter:
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The Old Man of The Mountain
Famous NH People & Actors from New
- Adam Sandler Attended High School in Manchester, NH
- Alan Shepard "America's First Spaceman" Was Born in
East Derry, NH.
Brown who is the author of The Da Vinci Code.
Frost who is a Pulitzer Prize poet.
Greely is the founder of the New York Tribune.
H is a professional wrestler from Nashua and graduated from Nashua
Sarah Silverman is a comedienne from Manchester NH, born on December
Salinger is the author of Catcher in the Rye NH.
Baker Eddy is the founder of Christian Science.
The author of Mary Had A Little Lamb, Sarah Joseph Hale, was born in
1830 in Newport NH.
Goody Cole was the only Witch ever convicted in NH
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Movies Filmed in New Hampshire
- "On Golden Pond," was Filmed on Squam Lake in
- "Jumanji" Which was Filmed in Keene and
- "The Cider House Rules" Which was Filmed in Hampton
- "The Good Son" Which was Filmed in North Conway and
Conway Lake, NH.
Other Famous Connections
Carlin: When actor/comedian George Carlin died from heart failure in June
2008, one of his last wishes included spreading a portion of his ashes in
Spofford Lake in NH. Carlin spent many summers at Spofford Lake at Camp Notre
Dame when he was a young boy. Every year winning the Camp Notre Dame drama award
which was said that sparked his career in comedy and acting. One of his prize
possessions was a necklace that won at the camp. He was even wearing it when he
died. George Carlin was well known as the first host of Saturday Night Live.
List of Famous People From New Hampshire!
NH World Records
The town of Pittsfield NH claimed the Guinness World
Record in July, 2001 as the place where the most number of people wore Groucho Marx glasses at the same time. 525 town residents
got together for this world-record breaking event with great success. Before
Pittsfield's attempt, no other town had tried to set the record. Since the
record breaking event in July 2001, the record has been broken many times over.
The record now stands at 4,077 for an event organized by the Leukemia and
Lymphoma society of Springfield, Missouri, United States, on 9 July 2007.
Other Guinness World Records:
The world’s largest cupcake was built by Ryan Abood from Gourmet
Gift Baskets in Manchester. The cupcake was 1,224 pounds, used 800
eggs and took 12 hours to bake.
The world’s largest candy counter is Chutters in Littleton. It
is 111 feet long, 3 tiers and 800 jars of delicious sweets.
2009- The most people dressed as superheroes happened when 1,016
people showed up in costumes at Dartmouth Children’s hospital.
World's Largest Meatball! Mathew Mitnitsky, chef and owners of
Nonni’s Italian Eatery in Concord, NH is credited for the 222 Lbs, 8
Oz. meatball. The meatball was donated to a non-profit group "The
The largest arcade in the world is Funspot, located near
Funspot's GPS location
The smallest horse was born in Barnstead NH on April 23, 2010.
"Einstein" weighed in at only 6 lbs and measuring 14" tall.
(Guinness World Record Pending: Einstein must stay below 17" to hold
the world record)
have been over 200 earthquakes felt in New
Hampshire in the 20th century.
strongest measured NH earthquakes to strike NH came
only 4 days apart on December 20th and December 24, 1940, each with a magnitude
of over 5.5, The epicenter was near Tamworth, NH. and felt over an area of
400,000 square miles!
More recently, on October 16, 2012 at 7:12pm a moderate earthquake was
felt in much of NH. The earthquake's epicenter was located near Hollis,
Maine. A magnitude of 4.0 was recorded by the US Geological Survey. Only
minor damage was reported which mostly included cracks in building
foundations, masonry, plaster and tile.
Approximately 2 tornadoes are reported in New Hampshire
each year. Most of these tornadoes have an intensity of F1 or F2 and cause
The largest reported tornado to strike New Hampshire
occurred in September 1821. This tornado, estimated at F4, had a path half a
mile wide, killed 6 people and injured hundreds. The tornado also left thousands
of people homeless in NH.
The southwestern portion of New Hampshire is considered a
special wind hazard area as demonstrated by the high proportion of tornadoes and
severe wind events that are experienced there every year. On July 3, 1997
several tornadoes struck this section of New Hampshire. An F1 tornado caused
severe damage to trees in Swanzey NH, destroying a building and damaged the stables
at the Cheshire Fairgrounds. At the same time an F2 tornado struck Greenfield
New Hampshire, causing damage to a summer camp, the recycling center and
completely destroying a lumber facility. Fortunately, no deaths resulted from
2008 NH Tornado
An EF2 tornado in Deerfield, NH tore through the area of
Northwood Lake on July 24, 2008 which unfortunately killed a 57 year old woman there
in one of the 7 building collapses that occurred. The Tornado also went through
It then went through Northwood NH, Pittsfield, NH,
Barnstead, NH, Alton, NH, New Durham, NH, Wolfeboro NH, Freedom NH,
Effingham NH and Ossipee NH. Over 200 homes were damaged and over a
dozen people injured altogether. The tornado carved a path of destruction 50
miles long. The national average is only 5 miles long. The tornado was 1/3 mile wide in some areas
and traveled at 45 mph, also above the national average of 35 mph. These above
average factors will be studied by experts for many years as a result.
Watch Video of 2008 Tornado Damage
View 2008 Tornado Photos
2010 Gorham NH Tornado
And EF0 tornado touched down in Gorham, NH on June 6, 2010 with a
maximum wind speed of 70 mph. The tornado was on the ground for only
1/10 of a mile. The same storm also produced tornados in Vermont and
Maine. Unlike the 2008 tornado, no injuries or deaths occurred as a
result of the tornado. Many people were able to catch the tornado on
video and pictures. Many of the people who caught the Gorham NH tornado
on video caught it with their cell phones.
2011 Tornado Canaan NH
On Sunday August 21, 2011 an EF1 tornado touched down in Canaan NH. Most
of the damage was trees. There was a few structures and a sailboat that
also suffered damage from the tornado.
In 1941 the entire town of Hill Village,
New Hampshire was relocated from where it was originally built! An
amazing accomplishment from the people of Hill Village!
The Story and Photos of Hill Village, NH
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