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17 Fun Facts about New Hampshire

New Hampshire is filled with important history that is hard to keep track of. It is easy to forget a thing or two when there are over 300 years of history behind a state. Here are 17 interesting facts about New Hampshire…

  1. Mount Washington of New Hampshire is one of the windiest places on Earth, with a recorded wind speed of 231 mph on the 14th April 1934.
  2. “Jumanji”, the hit movie from 1995, was filmed in Keene.
  3. It is the 9th state of the United States.
  4. Concord is the capital city of New Hampshire.  Its population was 42,695 at the time of the 2010 census.
Facts of New Hampshire

The New Hampshire State Flag

  1. New Hampshire’s smallest town in New Castle and it covers just 0.8 square miles.
  2. In 1833, the first free public library in the U.S. was established at Peterborough, New Hampshire.
  3. New Hampshire became the home to the first-ever known case of alien abduction! Two natives of Portsmouth named Betty and Barney Hill announced that they were abducted and taken aboard a UFO. There is a historical marker at the “abduction site”.
  1. New Hampshire is home to quite a few of the country’s comedic talent. Adam Sandler, Late Night host Seth Myers and the stand-up comedian Sarah Silverman are all natives of New Hampshire.
  2. The motto “Live Free or Die” has been taken too seriously in New Hampshire, as seatbelts and motorcycle helmets are not compulsory in this state. Drive there at your own risk!
  3. Alan Shepard Jr. the first-ever astronaut from the U.S. to travel to space was from New Hampshire.
  4. It is only one of nine states where residents are not required to pay sales tax.
New Hampshire Facts

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA

  1. Cannon Aerial Tramway was built in 1938 at Franconia Notch and was the first aerial tramway in North America.
  2. The present constitution of New Hampshire was adopted in 1784, which puts it the second oldest of the country.
  3. The state was named by Captain John Smith, an English explorer, after the county of Hampshire in southern England.
  4. Fluctuations in temperature, both seasonally and daily, are the norm.
  5. The official song of the state is called “Old New Hampshire”.
  6. Granite State is a nickname of New Hampshire.

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