Merrimack

Web site: http://www.ci.merrimack.nh.us/

Population: 22,156 (1990); 25,119 (2000); 26,613 (2006)

Overview
DESCRIPTION: Merrimack is a sprawling bedroom community, located in between Nashua and Manchester, the two largest cities in the state. The town is home to about 26,500 people, with residential subdivisions mixed with some commercial development and a rural feel remaining in some of the lightly populated residential areas. The Merrimack River is the town's eastern border, the Souhegan River runs through the middle of the town, and Naticook Lake is a popular recreation spot in the southern part of town.

The town celebrated its 250th anniversary in 1996, and a committee of local volunteers raised money to fund the construction of a bandstand and small park adjoining Town Hall in the center of town. Matthew Thornton, a signer of Declaration of Independence, lived in town and operated a ferry on the Merrimack River for part of his life. He is buried in a cemetery on Daniel Webster Highway, and a monument marks the site in his honor.


HISTORY: The Town of Merrimack was eventually chartered in 1750, after several changes of name and territory. The town was part of the original Dunstable grant, which encompassed several area communities. In 1734, Massachusetts granted the town organization as Naticook, which included Litchfield, as well as part of Merrimack.

In 1746, the people of Naticook west of the Merrimack River, between Pennichuck Pond and the Souhegan River, petitioned to be called Merrimack. Although the 1746 charter was lost, that is the year the town marks as its beginning. In 1750 the town took its current shape with the addition of a portion called Souhegan East, the land north of the Souhegan River.

Merrimack was the home of Matthew Thornton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. The town was also the home of the Merrimack Normal Institute, the first school in New Hampshire for the training of teachers. It's biggest class was 65 students. Since the school was not endowed, it did not endure. The building was later a preparatory school and later a high school.

Farming and forestry were the original occupations of most of the town, but it has since become the site of industry, including high-tech companies and the Anheuser-Busch brewery.

Geography
Region: Merrimack Valley
County: Hillsborough
Distance from:
o Manchester, NH: 11 miles
o Boston, MA: 41 miles
o New York, NY: 257 miles
o Montreal, Quebec: 287 miles

Town Hall
Town Clerk/Tax Collector
6 Baboosic Lake Road
Merrimack, NH 03054
Phone: (603) 424-3651
Fax: (603) 424-0461

Municipal Information
Government: Selectmen
Planning Board: Appointed
Police Department: Full time
Fire Department: Full time
Nearest Hospital: Southern NH Reg.; St. Joseph's in Nashua (11 miles)

Election Districts
State House District: 58
State Senate District: 9
Executive Council District: 5
U.S. Congress House of Representatives District: 1

Schools
Merrimack High School
38 McElwain Street
Merrimack, NH 03054
(603) 424-6204

Merrimack Middle School
31 Madeleine Bennett Lane
Merrimack, NH 03054
(603) 424-6289

James Mastricola Upper Elementary School
26 Baboosic Lake Road
Merrimack, NH 03054
(603) 424-6221

James Mastricola Elementary School
7 School Street
Merrimack, NH 03054
(603) 424-6218

Reeds Ferry Elementary School
15 Lyons Road
Merrimack, NH 03054
(603) 424-6215

Thorntons Ferry Elementary School
134 Camp Sargent Road
Merrimack, NH 03054
(603) 889-1577



Services
Merrimack Fire Department
Merrimack Fire Rescue
P.O. Box 130
Merrimack, NH 03054
http://fire.ci.merrimack.nh.us/

Merrimack Police Department
31 Baboosic Lake Road
Merrimack, NH 03054
603-424-3774 - General
603-424-2424 - Crimeline
603-424-1760 - Fax
General Information - merrpd@ci.merrimack.nh.us
http://www.merrimackpd.org/

Merrimack Public Library
470 Daniel Webster Highway
Merrimack, NH 03054
603.424.5021
http://www.merrimack.lib.nh.us/



Utilities
Electric: PSNH
Gas: KeySpan
Water Supplier: Merrimack Village Water District
Sanitation: Municipal
Curbside Trash Pickup: No
Telephone: Verizon
Cable television service: Yes


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