Wilmarth Place Railroad Crossing
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
N 43° 21.842 W 072° 10.386
18T E 729056 N 4805122
Quick Description: Wilmarth Place Railroad Crossing
Location: New Hampshire, United States
Date Posted: 3/19/2006 8:12:08 PM
Waymark Code: WM97X
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
1871-1977 Historic Wilmarth Place Railroad Crossing Newport, New Hampshire

A transition from farming to manufacturing took place in Newport during the mid-1800s with the advent of water-powered mill on the Sugar River and the construction of the Concord and Claremont Railroad line. The first train arrived in town on November 21, 1871 “cheered by a jubilant throng of spectators.” The rail line traversed Main Street diagonally here at Wilmarth Place. The Concord and Claremont Railroad was taken over by the Boston & Main Railroad in the 1890s. Rail activity peaked around 1915 and passenger service was discontinued in 1955. In 1977 the last freight train entering town symbolized the end of a century of railway history in Newport

Two of the town’s 10 original Boston and Maine covered railroad bridges are still in place over the Sugar River in Newport. Only 8 historic covered railroad bridges remain in America.

THE TOWN OF NEWPORT TAKES PRIDE IN ITS HISTORIC HERITAGE

Marker Name: Wilmarth Place Railroad Crossing

Marker Type: Local/Unofficial

Marker Location: Newport

Official Marker Number: Not listed

Date Marker Established: Not listed

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