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Amoskeag Millyard and Merrimack River
Amoskeag Millyard (West Side) and Merrimack River, as viewed from the New Hampshire Heritage Trail. Photo: Elizabeth L. Holmes / St. Anselm College

Amoskeag Millyard

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 French-Canadian descent.

Originally submitted by: John E. Sununu, Representative (1st District).

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