- that Manchester was originally called Derryfield.
- that Manchester's public school system consists of fifteen elementary schools, four middle schools, and three high schools.
- that one mayor and fourteen aldermen govern Manchester.
- that Crystal Lake was originally called Mosquito Pond.
- that the dam at Amoskeag Bridge was the site of Native American fishing grounds, where it is said the salmon were so thick, one could almost walk across the river on their backs.
- Manchester's George Washington Morrison Nutt (1848-1881), known as "The
Commodore" was signed by Phineas T. Barnum for the lavish sum of $30,000.
Standing just 29 inches tall and weighing barely 25 pounds he toured the
world with Barnum's troupe including the famous Tom Thumb.
- The year 2002 marked the 100th anniversary of the opening of Manchester's Pine
Island Park. A complete summer resort and amusement park, Pine Island also
had big name entertainment, fireworks and "sight spectacles" including the
States' first dirigible flight. Unfortunately the flight ended in disaster
when it collided with the roller coaster.
- that Manchester has 900 acres of parks & playgrounds.
- that Derryfield Country Club was a product of the Work Progress Administration (WPA).
- that the Millyard is home to several successful businesses owned by Dean Kamen, inventor of the dialisys machine and the Segway.
- that Manchester's Elm Street may be the only main street in the country that dead ends three times.
- that Manchester actually has very few Elm trees left on Elm Street. (Intown Manchester is in the process of returning disease-resistant Elm trees to Elm Street.)
- that the Palace Theater, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a classic Vaudeville style theater.
- that Ezekial Straw, the architect who laid out the city of Manchester, was also the chief engineer for the Amoskeag Mills.
- that Veterans Park was once a pond where one would find horses grazing around.
Source: Manchester Fingertip Facts, Wayne Johnson, History
Teacher at Manchester High School West & Manchester Historic
Photos courtesy Intown