Amoskeag Millyard (West Side) and Merrimack River, as viewed from the New Hampshire Heritage Trail. Photo: Elizabeth L. Holmes / St. Anselm College
The largest producer of cotton textiles in the
world at the beginning of the 20th century, the Amoskeag
Manufacturing Company planned the central city of Manchester and
recruited thousands of workers from many different countries.
Although the mills closed in 1935, the legacy of the Amoskeag
Millyard lives on. The company is largely responsible for the
appearance of present-day Manchester as a result of its involvement
in city planning; many of the mills are still standing and house a
variety of businesses and events. Photographs of these sites are
included with a history of the city's development. The diversity of
ethnic groups still represented in the city is traceable to the
immigration resulting from the Amoskeag worker recruitment program.
That history is documented, along with the current cultural
activities of Americans of Irish, Greek, Polish, and
Originally submitted by: John E. Sununu, Representative (1st District).
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