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5 Fun Facts About June 24 In New Hampshire History

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1. On June 24, 1717, New Hampshire's first paper mill was established in what is now the town of Alstead. The mill was built by William Bradford, who had previously worked at a paper mill in Massachusetts and brought his knowledge and skill to New Hampshire.

2. In 1813, the USS Chesapeake, a United States Navy frigate, was captured by the Royal Navy off the coast of Boston. Among the crew of the Chesapeake was a young New Hampshire sailor named John O'Neil. O'Neil survived the capture and spent several years as a prisoner of war in England before being released and returning to New Hampshire.

3. The New Hampshire Historical Society was founded on June 24, 1823. The society's mission is to collect, preserve, and share the state's history and culture with the public. It has a vast collection of artifacts, documents, and photographs related to New Hampshire's history.

4. On June 24, 1925, the town of Laconia experienced a devastating fire that destroyed much of its downtown area. The fire was started by sparks from a passing train and quickly spread due to high winds. Several buildings were destroyed, and the town suffered millions of dollars in damages.

5. In 1972, New Hampshire's state motto "Live Free or Die" was officially adopted by the state legislature. The motto was originally a statement made by General John Stark, a hero of the Revolutionary War who was from New Hampshire. The motto reflects the state's independent spirit and its commitment to individual freedom.
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