Portsmouth in Rockingham County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)
Between the late 1600s and the mid-1900s this part of the Piscataqua River waterfront played a significant role in the areas marine commerce and shipbuilding economy. This is the site of the famous Portsmouth Pier. Chartered in 1798, the 340-foot long by 65-foot wide pier housed two structures with over fourteen stores.
In the height of its prosperity, the pier was the terminus of the Portsmouth to Concord toll road. It was operated in conjunction with the elegant New Hampshire Hotel, formerly located just west of this site. The pier was also the terminus of the Portsmouth Aqueduct, a gravity fed pipeline flowing from a spring in the western part of the City to the pier where merchant vessels refilled their water supplies. The entire complex was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1813.
Charles E. Walker reconstructed the pier in 1882 and successfully operated the Walker Coal Company until destroyed by fire in 1951. In 1965, the pier remnants were purchased by the Prescott Park Trustees and converted to a marina and public pier. In 2000, the Prescott Park Trustees in partnership with the City of Portsmouth completed replaced the pier for continued public access to the river.
This project was funded in part by a grant from the NH Office of State Planning, NH Coastal Program, with funds provided
Location. 43° 4.68′ N, 70° 45.13′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in Rockingham County. Marker can be reached from State Street north of Marcy Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker and subject pier are located at the northeast corner of Prescott Park, at the north end of the parking lot, overlooking the Piscataqua River and the Memorial Bridge. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 Marcy Street, Portsmouth NH 03801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Portsmouth Pier & Wharves (here, next to this marker); Memorial Bridge 1923-2012 (within shouting distance of this marker); Portsmouth Navy Yard (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Portsmouth Memorial Bridge Marker (about 400 feet away); Oracle House (about 400 feet away); Portsmouth Veteran's Memorial (about 400 feet away); Black Yankees and The Sea (about 500 feet away); Portsmouth NH Marine Railway (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
Also see . . .
1. New Hampshire's turnpike.
New Hampshire's first turnpike was not Interstate 93 or I-95; it was the Concord to Portsmouth (Submitted on April 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. History of Portsmouth Water System.
(Link presents historical Portsmouth Aqueduct photographs, including wooden aqueduct pipes from the 1800s.)
1797 - Portsmouth Aqueduct Company formed by act of NH Legislature
Fountain Head Spring Developed (near current Haven Well) and piped to City
1867 - Sherburne and Concord Springs added
1891 - City takes over system
1950s - Pease Air base takes over Haven Well and builds new tanks and pipes in Pease area for it's own separate water system.
1990s - Pease system turned over to Pease Development Authority. City takes over operations. (Submitted on April 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. History of Portsmouth Christmas Fires.
Three devastating blazes in 11 years transformed Portsmouth into the city it is today. (Submitted on April 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
4. Prescott Park History.
Prescott Park owes its existence to the foresight and good will of two Portsmouth sisters, Mary E. and Josie F. Prescott. With the fortune they inherited in 1932 from their brother, Charles, they systematically purchased and cleared properties along the Piscataqua River. Their goal was to create a public waterfront park, free and accessible to all, replacing what had become a run down and seedy industrial area. (Submitted on April 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.