Campton

Web site: http://www.camptonnh.org

Population: 2,377 (1990); 2,719 (2000); 2,961(2006)

Overview
First chartered in 1761, the town may have been named for a friend of Governor Benning Wentworth, Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington. Another source indicates that when surveyors came to the area, they built a camp here, and the name Campton comes from that. Conditions of the 1761 charter were not met, and a new charter was issued in 1767. An early settler was John Marsh, whose grandson Sylvester was born in Campton. Sylvester Marsh, a founder of the Chicago meat-packing industry, came up with the idea of building a railway to the summit of Mount Washington. Marsh invented the cog rail mechanism and special brakes so the locomotive could scale the steep terrain, completing the railway in July 1869.

Geography
Region: White Mountains
County: Grafton
Distance from:
o Manchester, NH: 69 miles
o Boston, MA: 121 miles
o New York, NY: 308 miles
o Montreal, Quebec: 192 miles

Municipal Information
Government: Selectmen
Planning Board: Appointed
Police Department: Full time
Fire Department: Full time chief
Nearest Hospital: Speare Memorial in Plymouth (8 miles)

Election Districts
State House District: 14
State Senate District: 2
Executive Council District: 1
U.S. Congress House of Representatives District: 2

Schools
Campton Elementary School
Rt. 175
Campton, NH 03223
Phone: 603 726-3931
Fax: 603 726-8081
http://www.campton.sau48.k12.nh.us/



Services
Campton/Thornton Fire Department
186 Nh Route 49
Campton, NH 03223
(603) 726-3300

Campton Police Department
Nh Route 175
Campton, NH 03223
http://www.law-enforcement.org/camptonPD/



Utilities
Electric: PSNH; NH Electric Coop.
Gas: None
Water Supplier: Campton Valley Precinct
Sanitation: Private septic
Curbside Trash Pickup: No
Telephone: Verizon
Cable television service: Yes


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