Are you curious about the Granite State? Take a look at these fun facts about New Hampshire!
New Hampshire joined the union in 1788, making it the 9th state of America! New Hampshire is also one of the original 13 colonies.
Situated in the northeastern United States, New Hampshire is bordered by the Canadian province of Quebec, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine and the Atlantic Ocean. Based on its location, New Hampshire is one of the six New England states.
What more can we learn about the state of New Hampshire? Let’s see!
Interesting New Hampshire State Facts
New Hampshire Has Four Nicknames
There are four other names that people call the state of New Hampshire. These nicknames include the Granite State, the Mother of Rivers, the White Mountain State, and the Switzerland of America.
New Hampshire got its nickname of the Granite State because of the many granite formations and quarries that are found across the state.
The nickname of the Mother of Rivers comes from the 41,800 miles of rivers that flow throughout the state.
Another name for New Hampshire is the White Mountain State, which is based on the forested white mountain range that covers almost a quarter of the state’s land.
Finally, New Hampshire is also called the Switzerland of America for its breathtaking landscape and scenery which resembles that of Switzerland. Interesting!
The First State to Have a Constitution was New Hampshire
In 1776, New Hampshire’s first state constitution was approved. Later replaced by a revised constitution in 1784, the state’s second constitution includes a bill of rights and a guarantee to the right to revolution.
In fact, the state’s motto: Live Free or Die is embraced within the amended Constitution of New Hampshire.
New Hampshire is Home to One of the Windiest Places on Earth
Sitting at the top of a 6,289-foot peak is the Mount Washington Observatory. In 1934, a wind speed of 231 miles per hour at the observatory once held the record for highest wind speed ever recorded.
However, in 1996, Australia recorded the fastest winds at a whopping 253 miles per hour during a typhoon.
Even so, Mount Washington is still considered to be one of the windiest places on earth.
The First Potato Crop Began in New Hampshire
New Hampshire is the first place in America to grow potatoes. In 1719, early settlers to the state brought with them a sack of seed potatoes.
The spud seeds were then planted, and they grew into the first crop of potatoes in the United States!
Because of the historical importance and all of the love for the tasty tater, in 2013, the potato became New Hampshire’s official state vegetable. Amazing!
New Hampshire Fun Facts
New Hampshire may be small, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t full of interesting fun facts. The Granite State has some of the tallest mountains in the Northeast. It also has miles of gorgeous views and rivers. From its fertile farmland to its incredible lakes, New Hampshire has proven to be a state that is rich in history, as well as, in magnificent natural wonders.
Have you ever been to New Hampshire? Do you have other facts you’d like to share?