While doing some research on a local waterfall (or cascade) near my house, I came across a great blog called Mike in New Hampshire. The author, Mike, had written about the falls I was researching and his main motivation to do so was to publish his research on a New Hampshire Historical Marker. In fact, that is what all his blog posts are about. You know the markers I’m talking about. Typically they’re on the side of a NH State highway, made of cast iron, painted green and have some text on them with the State Seal at the peak. We’ve all seen them but I’m not sure how many really take the time to read and appreciate them.
Example of a NH Historical Highway Marker
Image taken from NH Historical Marker Site Interactive Map
While navigating through Mike’s blog, I sadly learned he passed away a few years back, not being able to finish his quest of publishing posts about all the markers in NH. I found his work really interesting and it has sparked my curiosity regarding what markers have been erected in NH…? Around me…? Around the mountains?
After doing a little (easy) digging on the inter-web, I found nh.gov has a page that is dedicated to these markers (https://www.nh.gov/nhdhr/markers/). On this page, you can find a map to all the current markers, download PDF lists of the markers (with applicable information) and even request a NH historical highway marker.
Some cool facts I've learned:
- There are currently (to date) 255 NH historical highway markers at some status (some are just on order).
- The markers are jointly managed by the NH Division of Historical Resources and NH Department of Transportation.
- The interactive map on the website allows you to click on a pinned location and a window gives you the description, location, status and a JPEG of the actual marker!
Screenshot of interactive NH Historical Highway Marker map
If you've read my blog, you know I love anything New Hampshire and history related. So, similar to USGS Benchmarks (or any benchmark for that matter), I’m finding these historical highway markers pretty interesting. I’ll be seeking them out, researching them and publishing what I find here (in between hiking and trip reports that is) in hopes that this blog can serve as a point of interest to others, as Mike’s blog, Mike in New Hampshire was for me.