Manchester

Web site: www.ci.manchester.nh.us

Population: 99,567 (1990); 107,006 (2000); 109,497(2006)

Overview
Pennacook Indians called the area Amoskeag, meaning "good fishing place" -- a reference to the Amoskeag Falls in the Merrimack River. In 1722, John Goffe settled on land beside Cohas Brook, where several years later he built a dam and sawmill. The community was called Old Harry's Town. In 1735, the Province of Massachusetts Bay granted it as Tyngstown to settlers from Massachusetts. A decade following the separation of New Hampshire from Massachusetts, Governor Benning Wentworth in 1751 chartered the town as Derryfield.

In 1807, Samuel Blodget opened a canal and lock system to allow vessels passage around the falls. He envisioned here a great industrial center, "the Manchester of America," like the Industrial Revolution's Manchester in England, the first industrialized city in the world. Sure enough, in 1809, Benjamin Prichard and others built a cotton spinning mill operated by water power on the western bank of the Merrimack. Following Blodgett's suggestion, Derryfield was renamed Manchester in 1810, the year the mill was incorporated as the Amoskeag Cotton & Woolen Manufacturing Company.[3] It would be purchased in 1825 by entrepreneurs from Massachusetts, expanded to 3 mills in 1826, and then incorporated in 1831 as the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company.

On the eastern bank, Amoskeag engineers and architects planned a model company town, founded in 1838 with Elm Street as its main thoroughfare. Incorporated as a city in 1846, Manchester would become home to the largest cotton mill in the world -- Mill No. 11, stretching 900 feet long by 103 feet wide, and containing 4000 looms. Other products made in the community included shoes, cigars and paper. The Amoskeag foundry made rifles, sewing machines, textile machinery, fire engines, and locomotives in a division called the Amoskeag Locomotive Works (later, the Manchester Locomotive Works). The rapid growth of the mills demanded a large influx of workers, resulting in a flood of immigrants, particularly French Canadians. Many current residents descend from these workers. The Amoskeag Manufacturing Company went out of business in 1935, although its red brick mills have been renovated for other uses. Indeed, the mill town's 19th century affluence left behind some of the finest Victorian commercial, municipal and residential architecture in the state.

Manchester is nicknamed the Queen City. More recent nicknames for the city are ManchVegas, Funchester, ManchHattan, and simply "Manch". In 1998, Manchester was named the "Number One Small City in the East" by Money magazine. The Mall of New Hampshire, on Manchester's southern fringe, is the city's main retail center.

Geography
Region: Merrimack Valley
County: Hillsborough
Distance from:
o Manchester, NH: 0 miles
o Boston, MA: 58 miles
o New York, NY: 243 miles
o Montreal, Quebec: 251 miles


Town Hall
City Clerk
One City Hall Plaza
Manchester, NH 03101
Phone: (603) 624-6455
Fax: (603) 624-6481
Email: CityClerk@ManchesterNH.gov

Municipal Information
Government: Mayor and Aldermen
Planning Board: Appointed
Police Department: Full time
Fire Department: Full time
Nearest Hospital: Elliot; Catholic Medical Center in Manchester

Election Districts
State House District:
o Ward 1: District 49
o Ward 2: District 50
o Ward 3: District 50
o Ward 4: District 51
o Ward 5: District 52
o Ward 6: District 54
o Ward 7: District 53
o Ward 8: District 56
o Ward 9: District 55
o Ward 10: District 50
o Ward 11: District 50
o Ward 12: District 49
State Senate District:
o Ward 1: District 16
o Ward 2: District 16
o Ward 3: District 20
o Ward 4: District 20
o Ward 5: District 18
o Ward 6: District 18
o Ward 7: District 18
o Ward 8: District 18
o Ward 9: District 18
o Ward 10 District 20
o Ward 11: District 20
o Ward 12: District 16
Executive Council District: 4
U.S. Congress House of Representatives District: 1

Schools
High schools

Manchester School District has four public high schools:

Manchester High School West (West High School)
9 Notre Dame Avenue
Manchester, NH
http://www.westhighschool.org/

Manchester High School Central (Central High School)
207 Lowell Street
Manchester, New Hampshire 03104
Phone (603) 624-6363
Fax (603) 624-6376
http://www.mansd.org/central/

Manchester Memorial High School (Memorial High School)
1 Crusader Way
Manchester, NH 03103
Main Office: 1-603-624-6378
Fax: (603) 628-6009
http://www.mansd.org/memorial/

Manchester School of Technology (MST)
530 S. Porter Street
Manchester NH 03103
603-624-6490
http://www.mansd.org/mst/

Manchester is served by three private high schools:

Trinity High School, Roman Catholic high school
581 Bridge Street
Manchester, NH 03104-5395
http://www.trinity-hs.org/

The Derryfield School, sixth through twelfth grades
2108 River Road
Manchester, NH 03104-0310
(603)669-4524

Holy Family Academy, a small Roman Catholic school serving seventh through twelfth grades
49 Ashland Street
Manchester, NH 03104
Phone: 603-644-7247
Fax: 603-644-1004
http://www.holyfamilyacademy.org/

Middle schools

Manchester School District has four public middle schools:

Hillside
112 Reservoir Ave.,
Manchester, NH 03104
603 624-6352
fax 603 628-6049

McLaughlin
290 South Mammoth Road,
Manchester, NH 03109
603 628-6247
fax 603 628-6274

Parkside
75 Parkside Ave.,
Manchester, NH 03102
603 624-6356
fax 603 624-6355

Southside
140 S. Jewett St.,
Manchester, NH 03103
603 624-6359
fax 603 624-6361

Elementary schools

Manchester School District has fourteen elementary schools:

Bakersville
20 Elm St.
Manchester, NH 03101
603 624-6312
fax 603 624-6431

Beech St.
333 Beech St.,
Manchester, NH 03103
603 624-6314
fax 603 624-6572

Gossler Park
99 Sullivan St.,
Manchester, NH 03102
603 624-6327
fax 603 624-6392

Green Acres
100 Aurore Ave.,
Manchester, NH 03109
603 624-6330
fax 603 628-6284

Hallsville
275 Jewett St.,
Manchester, NH 03103
603 624-6332
fax 603 665-6869

Highland Goffe's Falls
2021 Goffe's Falls Rd.,
Manchester, NH 03101
603 624-6334
fax 603 665-6699

Jewett
130 S. Jewett St.,
Manchester, NH 03103
603 624-6336
Fax 603 665-6840

McDonough
550 Lowell St.,
Manchester, NH 03104
603 624-6373
fax 603 665-6692

Northwest
300 Youville St.,
Manchester, NH 03102
603 624-6321
fax 603 624-6319

Parker-Varney
223 James A. Pollock Dr.,
Manchester, NH 03102
603 624-6338
fax 603 624-6399

Smyth Rd.
245 Bruce Rd.,
Manchester, NH 03104
603 624-6340
fax 603 665-6839

Webster
2519 Elm St.,
Manchester, NH 03104
603 624-6344
fax 603 628-6059

Weston
1066 Hanover St.,
Manchester, NH 03104
603 624-6347
fax 603 624-6375

Wilson
401 Wilson St.,
Manchester, NH 03103
603 624-6350
fax 603 624-6395



Services
Manchester Fire Departments
Central Station
100 Merrimack St.
Manchester, NH 03101
Phone: (603) 669-2256
Email: Fire@ci.manchester.nh.us

Station 2
527 South Main Street

Station 3
2033 South Willow Street

Station 4
146 Hacket Hill Road

Station 5
44 Webster Street

Station 6
134 Amory Street

Station 7
679 Somerville Street

Station 8
280 East Industrial Park Dr.

Station 9
575 Calef Road

Station 10
630 Mammoth Road

Manchester Police Departments
Central Office
351 Chestnut Street
Manchester, NH 03101
Phone: (603) 668-8711
Fax: (603) 628-6145
Email: ManchesterPD@manchesternh.gov

Manchester City Library
405 Pine St
Manchester, NH 03104
(603)624-6550

West Manchester Community Library
76 North Main Street
Manchester, NH 03102
(603)624-6560

Elliot Hospital
One Elliot Way
Manchester, NH 03103 603-669-5300
http://www.elliothospital.org/

Catholic Medical Center
100 McGregor Street
Manchester, NH 03102
Phone: 800.437.9666
in-state at 603.668.3545
http://www.catholicmedicalcenter.org/



Utilities
Electric: PSNH
Gas: KeySpan
Water Supplier: Manchester Water Works
Sanitation: Municipal
Curbside Trash Pickup: Yes
Telephone: Verizon
Cable television service: Yes


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