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Tilton in Belknap County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)
 

The Winnipesaukee River

Tilton Riverfront Park

 
 
The Winnipesaukee River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 18, 2016
1. The Winnipesaukee River Marker
Inscription. In the eighteenth and nineteenth century, the power of the Winnipesuakee River was harnessed to operate mills up and down its banks. These banks were home to several gristmills, woolen mills, and other textile mills. Many dams existed in this stretch of the river that runs through Tilton, Northfield, and into Franklin. Several grinding stones can still be found in the river today.

The mills prospered into the 1900s, but eventually fell into disrepair and the dams that were built to power the mills gave way to nature. The heavy use of the river in the industrial age took its toll on the river, in Tilton and in surrounding communities. By the 1960s, construction debris and wastewater were more prevalent in the river that greenery and clear water.

In 1972, the Winnipesaukee River Basin Program was created to control water pollution in the :akes Region, including the Winnipesaukee River.

In the early 1990s, the fate of the river as a recreational asset to the community came under fire. A hydroelectric developer submitted plans to build a dam and diversion pipe near the site of this park. This project would have diverted water from this section of the river, making it impossible for river enthusiasts to use during most of the spring. Local paddling groups organized river clean-up days and a New Year's Day Kayak event
The Winnipesaukee River Marker at Riverfront Park image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 18, 2016
2. The Winnipesaukee River Marker at Riverfront Park
to publicize this potential project. This increase in public awareness caught the attention of local and national press and helped communities fight to protect and preserve the river and its shores as importamt natural resources.
 
Erected by Public Service of New Hampshire.
 
Location. 43° 26.556′ N, 71° 35.669′ W. Marker is in Tilton, New Hampshire, in Belknap County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West Main Street (U.S. 3) and Winter Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in Riverfront Park with two others. Marker is in this post office area: Tilton NH 03276, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Tilton Mills (a few steps from this marker); The Town of Tilton (within shouting distance of this marker); Soldiers' Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Northfield WWI Memorial (about 500 feet away); Tilton WWI Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); In Grateful Tribute (approx. 0.4 miles away); Birthplace of Hon. Moody Currier (approx. 8.9 miles away); The Webster Homestead (approx. 8.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tilton.
 
Categories. EnvironmentWaterways & Vessels
 
The Winnipesaukee River by the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 18, 2016
3. The Winnipesaukee River by the Marker
Tilton (town) and Belknap County are the north side; Northfield (town) and Merrimac County are the south side.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 124 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 26, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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