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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Coos County, New Hampshire

Clickable Map of Coos County, New Hampshire and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Coos County, NH (60) Carroll County, NH (42) Grafton County, NH (146) Oxford County, ME (4) Essex County, VT (18)  CoosCounty(60) Coos County (60)  CarrollCounty(42) Carroll County (42)  GraftonCounty(146) Grafton County (146)  OxfordCountyMaine(4) Oxford County (4)  EssexCountyVermont(18) Essex County (18)
Lancaster is the county seat for Coos County
Adjacent to Coos County, New Hampshire
      Carroll County (42)  
      Grafton County (146)  
      Oxford County, Maine (4)  
      Essex County, Vermont (18)  
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1 New Hampshire, Coos County, Bean's Grant, Marshfield Station — 45 — Mount Washington Cog Railway
Completed in 1869 for $139,500, this unique railway was built through the genius and enterprise of Herrick and Walter Aiken of Franklin and Sylvester Marsh of Campton. Over three miles long, the average grade to the 6,293-foot summit is one foot in . . . Map (db m77797) HM
2 New Hampshire, Coos County, Berlin — 159 — Boom Piers
The small man-made 'islands' in the river were used to secure a chain of boom logs which divided the Androscoggin River during the colorful and dramatic annual log drives, when the Brown Paper Company and the International Paper Company shared the . . . Map (db m74564) HM
3 New Hampshire, Coos County, Berlin — 215 — Maynesborough's First Residence1824
On the knoll north of this site, William Sessions and his nephew, Cyrus Wheeler erected "the first building that could be honored with the name of house" in what is now Berlin, NH. Sessions helped clear many other farms in the area. In the 20th . . . Map (db m87972) HM
4 New Hampshire, Coos County, Bretton Woods — Crawford Notch"A Great Artery"
A main route to Mount Washington was through Crawford Notch, which follows the Saco River to Saco Lake-just southeast of here. Like much of the rest of northern New England, Crawford Notch was part of the homeland of the Abenaki tribe of . . . Map (db m162621) HM
5 New Hampshire, Coos County, Bretton Woods — Executive Councilor Raymond S. Burton
Friends, colleagues, and admirers of executive councilor Raymond s. Burton gathered here on November 1, 2013, against a backdrop of the famed Mount Washington Hotel, the path of the famous cog railway and the majestic presidential range, . . . Map (db m162612) HM
6 New Hampshire, Coos County, Bretton Woods — Mount Washington(Elevation 6,288 Feet)
Mount Washington is the highest mountain in the northeastern United States. Part of the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, it was named for George Washington. It was first scaled by Europeans in 1642. Ethan Allen Crawford and . . . Map (db m162616) HM
7 New Hampshire, Coos County, Bretton Woods — The Mount Washington Hotel
"Comfortable Quarters and a Good Table"... accommodating visitors to the White Mountains The rugged mountain tops, fearful chasms and beautiful intervals” of the White Mountains have beckoned visitors since the early 1800s. . . . Map (db m162614) HM
8 New Hampshire, Coos County, Bretton Woods, Marshfield Station — The Old HeroPeppersass - No. 1
This is the first engine used on this road. Weight only 4 tons. Cost but $3,000.00. Was brought here in sections through the woods by ox teams from Fabyan Place. It has carried a load of 60 persons up the mountain at once and has worn itself out . . . Map (db m125195) HM
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9 New Hampshire, Coos County, Carroll — 233 — Zealand and James Everell Henry
The village of Zealand grew up in 1875 to serve the logging industry. Henry owned 10,000 acres in the heart of the White Mtns., with a 10-mile railroad to move logs from forest to sawmill. The village had a post office, school, store, housing, and . . . Map (db m74556) HM
10 New Hampshire, Coos County, Carroll, Bretton Woods — Crawford DepotBuilt 1891
Has been entered in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Restoration of the Crawford Depot has been assisted with a Federal Historic Preservation Fund matching grant from the . . . Map (db m116631) HM
11 New Hampshire, Coos County, Carroll, Bretton Woods — 087 — Crawford House
Abel Crawford and son, Ethan Allen Crawford, built the first Crawford House in 1828. It was run by Ethan's brother, Thomas, until sold in 1852. Fires in 1854 and 1859 destroyed the original inn and a replacement. Col. Cyrus Eastman erected the . . . Map (db m75236) HM
12 New Hampshire, Coos County, Carroll, Bretton Woods — 122 — Mount Washington Hotel / Bretton Woods Monetary Conference
Mount Washington Hotel Standing to the east, the Mount Washington Hotel was completed in 1902 as one of the largest, most modern grand hotels in the White Mountains, one of the few built in a single campaign. Designed by New York architect . . . Map (db m77641) HM
13 New Hampshire, Coos County, Carroll, Bretton Woods — 30 — The Crawford Family
For whom the Notch is named, included Abel and his sons, Thomas J. and Ethan Allen. They established the first regional hotels and pioneered in opening the White Mountain area to the public. Ethan and his wife, Lucy Howe Crawford, author of an 1846 . . . Map (db m44299) HM
14 New Hampshire, Coos County, Carroll, Twin Mountain — 0274 — Beecher's Pulpit
A glacial boulder overlooking Twin Mountain Village, known as "Beecher's Pulpit," since the 1870s is named for the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher. A Congregationalist clergyman, abolitionist, proponent of women's suffrage and brother to Harriet Beecher . . . Map (db m223419) HM
15 New Hampshire, Coos County, Clarksville — 115 — 45th Parallel
At this point you stand on the 45th parallel halfway between the Equator and the North Pole. At this point you stand also at longitude 71° 24' West from Greenwich, England. A line from this point through the center of the earth would emerge in the . . . Map (db m75603)
16 New Hampshire, Coos County, Colebrook — Citizen’s BankParking Lot — Colebrook’s 250th Celebration —
History: • E. F. Royal built a two-story "two-store” building here after the fire of 1901. • The north half was occupied by E.F. Royal, as a grocery, confectionery and meat market. • A clothing store was located on the south side . . . Map (db m156731) HM
17 New Hampshire, Coos County, Colebrook — Country RootsDrew Block — Colebrook’s 250th Celebration —
History: • In earlier days, this was referred to as the Drew Block. It was built in 1890 as a two-story building. The third story was added a short time later. • Like other store fronts in town, it has a north and south side and has housed . . . Map (db m157010) HM
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18 New Hampshire, Coos County, Colebrook — Hicks HardwareUnion Building — Colebrook’s 250th Celebration —
History: • The original building on this site was the Pitkin's Store, which burned in 1870. • In 1886, W. E. Drew bought the rebuilt store and refitted the building. It became known as Drew & Churchill. It burned in the fire of 1901. • . . . Map (db m156942) HM
19 New Hampshire, Coos County, Colebrook — Jenkins FuneralHome — Colebrook’s 250th Celebration —
History: • In the 1700's, a log block house sat here. The present structure was built in 1816 and became known as Chamberlain's Tavern. • For years this was the "center of town” and a frequent gathering place for local militia. • . . . Map (db m157033) HM
20 New Hampshire, Coos County, Colebrook — Remick BuildingColebrook's 250th Celebration
Remick Building History: • Constructed by Gustus Remick, after the fire of 1890. He owned it until 1968. In earlier times, many promenades, meetings and walking marathons were held on the top floor. • It is believed this building was . . . Map (db m156645) HM
21 New Hampshire, Coos County, Colebrook — Sutton PlaceGolden Locks - Dr. Drum’s — Colebrook’s 250th Celebration —
History: • Believed constructed about 1868 for the Lombard family. • Seneca Merrill later obtained the house and added the tower to the original building. Mr. Merrill was married to Viola Sutton's grandmother. • John Pitkin Sutton was . . . Map (db m156668) HM
22 New Hampshire, Coos County, Colebrook — The Coos Trail
The Coos Trail was built in 1803 from Colebrook through Dixville Notch along the ancient trail of the Abnaki Indians to Erroll where it met the Coos Road of Maine completed in 1802 from Hallowell on the Kennebec River Marked by . . . Map (db m116404) HM
23 New Hampshire, Coos County, Colebrook — Wilderness RestaurantCedar Lounge — Colebrook’s 250th Celebration —
History • Before 1927, Karl and Charlotte Edwards ran a grocery store from this site. • In 1927, Sam & Susie Keach moved their restaurant, originally known as the Legion Square Restaurant, to this site. They changed the name to Legion . . . Map (db m156939) HM
24 New Hampshire, Coos County, Dixville Notch — 171 — Dixville Notch"First in the Nation"
New Hampshire has held the first-in-the-nation presidential primaries since 1920. With the first presidential "beauty contest" in 1952, our citizens have personally met the candidates and by popular ballot have declared their preference for their . . . Map (db m74566) HM
25 New Hampshire, Coos County, Dixville Notch — Early Settlers
Here lies buried the first and only settlers of Dixville until 1865, John Whittemore and his wife Betsey. Dixville had been granted to Colonel Timothy Dix in 1805 on the condition that thirty settlers be established here within five years. . . . Map (db m115640) HM
26 New Hampshire, Coos County, Gorham — Mount Washington SummitThe Highest Wind Ever Observed
The highest wind ever observed by man was recorded here. From 1932 to 1937 the Mt. Washington Conservatory was operated in the summit stage office then occupying this site in a great storm of April 12, 1934. The crew’s instruments measured a wind . . . Map (db m62065) HM
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27 New Hampshire, Coos County, Gorham — Northern Peaks of Presidential RangeMt. Washington State Park — Elevation 6288 —
The Appalachians are among the oldest mountains on Earth, reaching back more than 500 million years into time. The present chain which stretches from the Gaspe to Georgia once may have been higher than the Alps or the Rocky Mountains. Weather and . . . Map (db m125198) HM
28 New Hampshire, Coos County, Gorham — Presidential Range
Local History The explorer Verrazano was the first European to view the White Mountains from his ship along the Atlantic coast in 1524. Darby Field was the first white man to climb Mt. Washington in 1642. The Indians called Mt. Washington . . . Map (db m125197) HM
29 New Hampshire, Coos County, Groveton — Connecticut River to Umbagog LakeNorthern Forest Canoe Trail
The waters of the Great North Woods have long been used for travel and transportation. Local bands of Wabanaki, "People of the Dawnland," traveled the Connecticut and Upper Ammonoosuc rivers in dugout, animal skin, and bark canoes. The rivers . . . Map (db m151931) HM
30 New Hampshire, Coos County, Groveton — Gateway to the Great North Woods
Visit the communities of the Great North Woods to experience the history, natural beauty, and cultural heritage of this extraordinarily diverse and complex region. Easily-cultivated and stone-free soils alongside the . . . Map (db m162557) HM
31 New Hampshire, Coos County, Jefferson — 152 — Cherry Mountain Slide
On July 10, 1885, at 6 a.m., a slide from Cherry Mountain's northern peak left a deep gash from Owl's Head to the valley. A million tons of boulders, trees and mud loosed by a cloudburst rolled and tumbled a tortuous two miles, destroying Oscar . . . Map (db m77633) HM
32 New Hampshire, Coos County, Jefferson — 229 — Granny Stalbird1755-1845
Known as Granny Stalbird, Deborah Vicker came through Crawford Notch c.1796 as cook for Col. Joseph Whipple. It is said she brought the first bible to the north country. She married Richard Stalbird and settled on land deeded to her by Whipple in . . . Map (db m77632) HM
33 New Hampshire, Coos County, Jefferson — 019 — Thaddeus S. C. Lowe1832-1913
Born nearby, this inventor and scientist gained unique distinction as a pioneer aeronaut in the United States. He organized and directed a military balloon force during the Civil War and later invented a number of important and basic devices for . . . Map (db m77635) HM
34 New Hampshire, Coos County, Lancaster — 173 — Lake Coos and the Presidential Range
Lancaster, founded in 1763, lies on the bed of glacial Lake Coos, formed as the glaciers receded 14,000 years ago. Today, the Connecticut, an American Heritage River, flows along the bottom of the ancient lake. You stand at a gateway to The . . . Map (db m75697) HM
35 New Hampshire, Coos County, Lancaster — 6 — Lancaster N. H.: Stories of People and PlacesWilder-Holton House
The house was built by Jonas Wilder in 1780 and served as a place for town and religious meetings as well as an inn for travelers. The Holton family later acquired it and owned it for over a century. In 1964 the Holton family sold the house to . . . Map (db m140029) HM
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36 New Hampshire, Coos County, Lancaster — 219 — The Weeks Act1911
The Lodge atop Mt. Prospect was the summer home of John Wingate Weeks (1860-1926), renowned "Father of the Eastern National Forests," author of The Weeks Act, passed by the U.S. Congress, March 1, 1911. The Act enables the government to buy . . . Map (db m77613) HM
37 New Hampshire, Coos County, Lancaster — 084 — Wilder-Holton House
This Structure, erected by Major Jonas Wilder, from boards planed and nails wrought on the site, originally possessing a four-fireplace chimney and Indian shutters, is Coos County's first two-storey dwelling. Construction was initiated on the noted . . . Map (db m77609) HM
38 New Hampshire, Coos County, Lancaster — Col. Edward Cross5th N.H. Infantry Vols.
Born April 22nd, 1832, mortally wounded July 2nd, 1863, while leading his command, the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, at the Battle of Gettysburg, Penn. The Fighting Fifth Raised and disciplined by Col. Cross performed . . . Map (db m155817) HM WM
39 New Hampshire, Coos County, Lancaster — First Church of Lancaster
Here stood the first church of Lancaster built in 1794. Rev. Joseph Willard pastor for 28 yrs. Soldier of the RevolutionMap (db m155882) HM
40 New Hampshire, Coos County, Lancaster — Lancaster Main Street Program’sIsrael’s Riverwalk
Top Left Panel: These waters abounded in fish, as did the forests in game As the English were pushing their settlements up the valleys of the Connecticut and the Merrimack, trappers penetrated the wilderness far above the . . . Map (db m158923) HM
41 New Hampshire, Coos County, Lancaster — Lancaster War Memorial
On the site of the Meetinghouse of the Pioneers Erected 1784 the Town of Lancaster builds this monument in memory of her citizens who served in the wars of the Country “Dulce et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori” CIVIL . . . Map (db m157329) HM WM
42 New Hampshire, Coos County, Lancaster — Lancaster War Memorial
In Honor of the Men and Women of Lancaster New Hampshire Who Served in The Armed Forces In Time of War ( north plaque ) Honor Roll World War I 1917   -   1918 Kenneth P. Bailey · Charles A. Balch · Chester J. Barber · . . . Map (db m158337) WM
43 New Hampshire, Coos County, Lancaster — Stone HouseLancaster NH: Stories of People & Places
John Sullivan Wells built this unique structure between 1835 and 1840.Wells brought the granite from Northumberland to construct his home. Shortly after it was completed Wells was called to Exeter to become Attorney General and the house was sold . . . Map (db m116640) HM
44 New Hampshire, Coos County, Lancaster — The Thompson Legacy
Looking NW across Israel's River you will see the remnants of the Thompson Manufacturing Company Although manufacturing took place here for some years, highly skilled Alexander and Daniel Thompson arrived in 1865. By 1884 the company . . . Map (db m155843) HM
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45 New Hampshire, Coos County, Milan — 227 — The Nansen Ski Jump
Named for Fridjof Nansen, the Greenland explorer, Berlin's first ski club formed in 1872. The club sponsored the "Big Nansen" constructed in 1936–38 by the National Youth Administration and the City of Berlin. At the time, it was possibly the . . . Map (db m87929) HM
46 New Hampshire, Coos County, North Stratford — The Village of North StratfordThe First Baptist Church
The Village of North Stratford occupies the farm of William Fuller, son of Luther Fuller who was killed at Fort Ticonderoga, New York, during the War of 1812. The house of William Fuller was raided by Indians, five hundred of whom camped on the . . . Map (db m151897) HM
47 New Hampshire, Coos County, Pinkham's Grant — 011 — First Ascent of Mount Washington
Darby Field, a New Hampshire settler, accomplished this difficult feat in 1642 from a southerly approach. Partly guided by Indians and with only primitive equipment at his disposal, he is thus alleged to be the originator of all Mount Washington . . . Map (db m77638) HM
48 New Hampshire, Coos County, Pittsburg — Indian Stream Republic
This corner marks the location where the Constitution establishing the Indian Stream Republic was adopted on July 9, 1832. The Center School built here in 1828 and known as Independence Hall served as school, town hall and courthouse. The Center . . . Map (db m156544) HM
49 New Hampshire, Coos County, Pittsburg — Pittsburg Honor Roll
1917-Honor Roll-1919 Dedicated To The Men Of Pittsburg Who Served Their Country In The World War Aldrich, Darwin L. • Beecher, Leo N. • Blais, Roy L. • Dourant, Peter R. • Davis, Hosea B. • Davis, Franklin H. • Grover, Jesse A. . . . Map (db m156646) WM
50 New Hampshire, Coos County, Pittsburg — Pittsburg Honor Roll
HONOR ROLL Dedicated To All Servicemen And Women From Pittsburg, NH Who Have Served Their Country Since World War II First Tablet Covill, Craig R. • Grover, Brendon A. • Howe, Larry A. • Johnson, William A. • Marquis, . . . Map (db m156682) WM
51 New Hampshire, Coos County, Pittsburg — Pittsburg World War II Honor Roll
1941   1945 Honor Roll Dedicated To Members Of The Armed Forces Who Served In World War II Pittsburg, N.H. Aldrich, Henry W. • Audit, Joseph W. • Baker, John T. • Baldwin, Hollis W. • Bernier, Roger P. • Blais, Howard . . . Map (db m156683) WM
52 New Hampshire, Coos County, Pittsburg — 001 — Republic of Indian Stream
In 1832 the settlers of the area between Indian Stream and Hall's Stream, claimed by both Canada and the United States, set up the independent republic of Indian Stream. Yielding to New Hampshire in 1836, Indian Stream became part of Pittsburg and . . . Map (db m75611) HM
53 New Hampshire, Coos County, Pittsburg — Third Connecticut Lake
THE INDIAN STREAM REPUBLIC Borders have always aroused intrigue and fascination. Behind closed doors are whispered well-kept secrets, and forgotten stories as well. The Indian Stream Republic is one of those stories. The signing of the . . . Map (db m156549) HM
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54 New Hampshire, Coos County, Randolph — 220 — The Ravine House1877-1963
In 1876 Abel Watson and his son Laban converted their farm on this site, facing King Ravine on Mt. Adams, into a summer boarding house. Enlarged in 1884 and subsequently, the Ravine House became a key institution in opening up the northern . . . Map (db m77634) HM
55 New Hampshire, Coos County, Stark, Groveton — 150 — Camp StarkGerman Prisoner of War Camp
In the spring of 1944 a high fence and four guard towers transformed a former Civilian Conservation Corps camp on this site into New Hampshire's sole World War II prisoner of war camp. Approximately 250 German and Austrian soldiers, most captured . . . Map (db m87928) HM
56 New Hampshire, Coos County, Stewartstown — 047 — Metallak
Hunter, trapper, fisherman and guide, well and favorably known by the region's early settlers, "The Lone Indian of the Magalloway" was the last survivor of a band of Abnaki inhabiting the Upper Androscoggin. Blinded by accidents, Metallak died a . . . Map (db m75602) HM
57 New Hampshire, Coos County, Stewartstown, West Stewartstown — 064 — 45th Parallel
As you stand at this point on the 45th parallel you are half way between the Equator and the North Pole.Map (db m75633)
58 New Hampshire, Coos County, Stewartstown, West Stewartstown — Stewartstown Honor Roll
Honor Roll of Stewartstown, NH Dedicated to those who served in the armed forces. World War 1,World War 2, Korea Vietnam, Lebanon, Panama, Persian Gulf War Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom names . . . Map (db m140470) WM
59 New Hampshire, Coos County, Stratford — 034 — Log Drives
The dramatic process of conveying lumber logs and pulpwood from northern New Hampshire forests to manufacturing centers, by driving them down the Connecticut River, spanned the turn into the Twentieth Century. Hardy crews of "white-water men" . . . Map (db m75601) HM
60 New Hampshire, Coos County, Stratford, North Stratford — Stratford N.H. War Memorials
These monuments were erected by the citizens of Stratford, N.H. in commemoration to the men and women of the area who served their country in the armed services during World War II and succeeding wars.Map (db m140466) WM
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Jun. 4, 2023