New Hampshire Leg Of 2010 Tour

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On Tuesday, October 5, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) walked 2 hours on the campus of the University of New Hampshire.  I then walked 1/2 hour in Concord, New Hampshire.  Then another 1/2 hour in nearby Warner, New Hampshire.  Then I walked the remaining 2 hours on the campus of Dartmouth College and the surrounding area in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Highlights of the New Hampshire leg of the tour:

  • I got an early start.
  • Traffic was very light, so the driving was easy.
  • While at the University of New Hampshire, I just so happened to catch their ROTC during their weekly flag raising ceremony.
  • While in Concord New Hampshire, I just so happened to run into the Christa McAuliffe Discovery Center.  Unfortunately they weren’t open yet, so I didn’t get to go in.
  • While in Warner, I met a couple of very nice people during lunch.
  • Dartmouth College had an excellent museum with some great exhibits.
  • The drive to Vermont was easy and I got plenty of rest.

As usual, I recorded a podcast which can be listened to

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Here are pictures from my walk.


Here are 5 fast facts about New Hampshire:

  • New Hampshire is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. The state was named after the southern English county of Hampshire. It borders Massachusetts to the south, Vermont to the west, Maine and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north. New Hampshire ranks 44th in land area, 46th in total area of the 50 states, and 41st in population.
  • It became the first post-colonial sovereign nation in the Americas when it broke off from Great Britain in January 1776, and was one of the original thirteen states that founded the United States of America six months later. In June 1788, it became the ninth state to ratify the United States Constitution, bringing that document into effect. New Hampshire was the first U.S. state to have its own state constitution.
  • It was the first state to declare its independence. The only battle fought there was the raid on Fort William and Mary, December 14, 1774 in Portsmouth Harbor, which netted the rebellion sizable quantities of gunpowder, small arms, and cannon (General Sullivan, leader of the raid, described it as, “remainder of the powder, the small arms, bayonets, and cartouche-boxes, together with the cannon and ordnance stores”) over the course of two nights. This raid was preceded by a warning to local patriots the previous day, by Paul Revere  on December 13, 1774 that the fort was to be reinforced by troops sailing from Boston. According to unverified accounts, the gunpowder was later used at the Battle of Bunker Hill, transported there by Major Demerit, who was one of several New Hampshire patriots who stored the powder in their homes until it was transported elsewhere for use in revolutionary activities.
  • Since 1952, New Hampshire gained national and international attention for its presidential primary  held early in every presidential election year. It immediately became the most important testing grounds for candidates for the Republican and Democratic nominations. The media gave New Hampshire (and Iowa) about half of all the attention paid to all states in the primary process, magnifying the state’s decision powers (and spurring repeated efforts by out-of-state politicians to change the rules.)
  • The Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that New Hampshire’s total state product in 2008 was $60 billion, tenth lowest in the United States. Median household income  in 2008 was $49,467, seventh highest in the country. Its agricultural outputs are dairy products, nursery stock, cattle, apples and eggs. Its industrial outputs are machinery, electric equipment, rubber and plastic products and tourism.  New Hampshire experienced a significant shift in its economic base during the last century. Historically, the base was composed of the traditional New England manufactures of textiles, shoe-making, and small machining shops drawing upon low-wage labor from nearby small farms and from parts of Quebec. Today, these sectors contribute only 2% for textiles, 2% for leather goods, and 9% for machining of the state’s total manufacturing dollar value (Source: U.S. Economic Census for 1997, Manufacturing, New Hampshire). They experienced a sharp decline due to obsolete plants and the lure of cheaper wages in the South.

Next stop, Vermont.