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5 Fun Facts About October 27 In New Hampshire History

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1. In 1722, a young boy named Samuel Allen was kidnapped by Native Americans during a raid on his family's home in Rochester, New Hampshire. He was eventually rescued and returned home after several months in captivity.

2. On October 27, 1858, the first railroad line in New Hampshire opened between Concord and Manchester. This allowed for faster transportation of goods and people across the state and helped to spur economic growth in the region.

3. In 1881, the town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire was devastated by a massive fire that destroyed over 800 buildings and left thousands homeless. The blaze was caused by sparks from a steam locomotive and burned for several days before finally being extinguished.

4. On October 27, 1904, the New Hampshire State Normal School (now known as Plymouth State University) opened its doors to students for the first time. The school was founded to train teachers for the state's public schools and has since grown to become a comprehensive university.

5. In 2001, the Old Man of the Mountain, a natural rock formation that had been a symbol of New Hampshire for over 200 years, collapsed. The cause of the collapse was erosion and weathering, and efforts to preserve or recreate the landmark have been ongoing ever since.
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