Hooksett in Merrimack County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)
Erected by towns or businesses to aid unfamiliar travelers, milestones typically stood up to 5' tall, were crudely carved out of roughly hewn granite, and often referred to towns by first initial only. They could be both difficult to read and inaccurate.
In 1790 this area of Hooksett was part of Chester. This milestone told travelers it was 16 miles to Chester Meeting House and 32 miles to Haverhill, Mass., a regional industrial center.
Ch x M
32M to H
Erected 2008 by Manchester Sand, Gravel & Cement Co., Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1790.
Location. 43° 5.881′ N, 71° 27.092′ W. Marker is in Hooksett, New Hampshire, in Merrimack County. Marker is on Daniel Webster Highway / Hooksett Road (U.S. 3) south of Post Road, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located on the east side of the highway, near a small plaza featuring the subject milestone and benches. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hooksett NH 03106, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers Portsmouth & Concord Railroad (approx. 0.6 miles away); Suncook Connection Bridge (approx. 2.3 miles away); Suncook Village (approx. 2.3 miles away); George M. Lamiette Square (approx. 2.4 miles away); Josie Langmaid (approx. 3.4 miles away); First Meeting House (approx. 4.1 miles away); Pembroke Street / Watering Trough (approx. 4.3 miles away); Robert Frost in Allenstown / Buck Street Mills (approx. 4.8 miles away).
Also see . . . Brief History of American Milestone Markers.
(This link presents many New England milestones surviving from the 1700s.)
The earliest milestone was erected in Boston in 1707 by Judge Samuel Sewall. Milestones continued to be carved and erected into the early 1800’s. Highway milestones listed mileage to/from major cities such as Boston and Philadelphia. A highway milestone always had a letter and number, like B 33. “B” stood for Boston and “33” stood for thirty-three miles to Boston. (Submitted on April 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 91 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.