NH Railroads Note about my photographs: The date may be removed if I crop the photograph. In order to preserve the fidelity of the data, I have not made any adjustment of exposure or color with software.
The hotel closed in , the year after the demolishment of the railroad depot a few blocks southeast of the hotel. The hotel building is now mostly occupied by one law firm. Main Street and Storrs Street are adjacent parallel streets, but separated by two city blocks. Behind the Eagle Hotel is a stable constructed in This photograph was taken from Gas Street. This cylindrical building was constructed in to extract and store heating gas from coal tar.
The building was taken out of service in , when pipelines brought natural gas from other states to New Hampshire. The interior of the building contains toxic waste, which is probably why the building remains untouched. Claimed to be "only surviving gasholder in the USA with its gasholder still intact.
Note the green copper ground wire attached to the lightning rod, which ground wire goes down the roof and side of the building. View from Main Street. The octagonal cupola on top of the building is now tilted. View of entrance from Main Street, note the year "" in concrete on the side of the building. The generators provided three-phase alternating current electricity to Concord, which was the second three-phase plant for supplying a city in the USA.
At the end of , Concord Electric Company began purchasing power from Public Service of New Hampshire, and the Sewall's Falls hydroelectric plant was then taken out of service.
The dam is said to be the longest rock dam in the world. The hydroelectric plant is located at the eastern end of Second Street, in the village of Beaver Meadow, now part of the city of Concord, NH. The city of Concord has a map of hiking trails at Sewall's Falls. Photo of south side of Power House Nr. The main part of the Merrimack River flows to the right of the photograph.
The water for the water wheel flows in the canal from the left of the building. The building was completed in as a U. Post Office, federal courthouse, and place for local offices of the federal government.
Gray granite rock from a local quarry was used in the construction. In , this building was donated to the state of New Hampshire, and now contains offices for the state legislators. This photograph was taken from the steps of the state capital building on State Street. This building is owned by the City of Concord. It is used as a place to vote, and a community center. View from Badger Street side. View from West Street. This Ward House was built in the year The railroad depot in downtown Concord was demolished in and the land became a shopping mall.
Demolishing railroad depots and removing track was really stupid, because it prevents the easy return of railroad service sometime in the future. Railroads are much more energy efficient than trucks and buses, and railroads can be much faster than traffic on an Interstate highway. Part of the problem is that the railroads were privately owned, including ownership of track and depots — unlike airports, which are operated by a city or state government.
Standing near the south end of the former depot in Concord. View of the railroad tracks looking south. Note that the rails are not straight. Standing near the south end of the former depot in Concord, about meters north of the location of the previous photograph. Standing a few hundred meters north of the former depot in Concord. The second track is a siding. The following information is taken from the booklet by O. Cummings bibliographic information in the links, below.
There were four eras: Built in the year in Concord, with track extending to Penacook in Began in the year The track was extended from downtown Penacook to Contoocook River Park in The Park closed after the summer season, and the tracks were removed the following year. Interurban electric-powered street railway.
DC electricity for the southern end of this line was provided by a generator in Manchester. As is well-known to electrical engineers, it is not practical to transmit low-voltage, high-current DC electricity long distances, because of the resistance of the wire. The street railway became unprofitable in the late s, because of competition from privately owned automobiles. In , the state of New Hampshire completed the concrete Daniel Webster Highway now US3 from Nashua, to Manchester, Concord, and continuing north, which highway paralleled the Concord street railway, and diverted traffic from the railway.
Local bus service continues today, now operated by Concord Area Transit. There is almost no information on the Internet about this interurban trolley, other than terse mentions of its existence. One can no longer be certain of the exact location of depots for this trolley. Only the stone foundation remains, the steel bridge built in was sold as scrap metal in the s. Before , there was a covered wooden bridge at this location.
See the USGS topographical map for location. History of the trolley, by O. River Park in Penacook was the northern end of the trolley run. Cummings, A Granite State Interurban: Page Belting in Concord, NH In the days before electric motors, manufacturing plants were often located next to a river.
Water flowing in the river turned a waterwheel, which turned a shaft inside the manufacturing plant. Leather belts were used to transfer mechanical power from the waterwheel's shaft to machines.
Page Belting in Concord, NH was one of the major manufacturers of leather belts for power transmission. Page Belting was added to the National Register of Historic Places in , see the text that explains why these buildings are historic. Concord, NH has never been a major manufacturing site.
In the late s, Page Belting was the largest manufacturer in Concord. Currently, the state government is the largest employer in Concord, followed by the Concord Hospital. A smaller building contains a dance studio and some offices. In the year , Page Belting purchased J. Hill , which is now located in Boscawen, NH. Industrial products are still sold under the Page name, while consumer products are sold under the Hill name. Photo of one building, taken from the parking lot on the west side.
Photo of front of office building on Commercial Drive. There are two dates carved in granite on this entrance: The earlier year is the creation of Page Belting, the office building was constructed in The mill manufactured yarn. Currently, this building is used for apartments , and is called "Mill Place West". Photo of the main mill building, eastern side, looking north. Photo of the empty 75, gallon water reservoir on the brook that powered the mill. Because the building is currently occupied, I took all of my photographs from the far south-east end of the parking lot, near State Street.
I did not go west of the building to photograph where the waterwheel was located on a brook. Hospitals around Concord, NH In looking on the Internet for old hospitals to photograph, I was surprised to learn that many tens of thousands of people in small towns scattered north and west of Concord are far from the nearest hospital.
However, in the s and continuing into the early s, sick or injured people were customarily confined to their homes and physicians visited the homes. Wealthy people in New Hampshire who needed major surgery during the late s traveled by train to Boston. The original Pillsbury Hospital building was demolished sometime before Currently at the former Memorial Hospital site is a large brick building that was constructed in and is now occupied by the New Hampshire state government.
The current building may be a remodeled Memorial Hospital for Women and Children. I say may, because I have not checked the history at the library. Pillsbury was born in Sutton, NH in That is the short story of how the Pillsbury flour name was related to a hospital in Concord. The Pillsbury name continues in two places in Concord: Pillsbury Street is parallel to Allison Street, and one street south of Allison.
Currently there are several modern office buildings on Pillsbury Street.