There are lots of interesting facts about New Hampshire that many people enjoy learning. You may have forgotten New Hampshire as a state given the size of it and the fact that it is clustered together with other states in the New England area, which, for people from elsewhere, frankly all blend together.
If you are just getting to know New Hampshire, here are some fun facts for you to help you discover what you need to know about it. There is so much that is wonderful and interesting here, that this is only a sample.
- New Hampshire is the third-safest state. Falling behind neighbor states of Maine and Vermont, New Hampshire has been deemed safe and friendly by the US Institute for Economics and Peace. Considering all of the horrible violence we see on tv and the terrible things that are happening around the world, it is nice to know that there is somewhere to go that is still a safe and wonderful place to be.
- The state motto of New Hampshire is “Live Free or Die.” The motto is pretty unforgettable and clearly makes a point. It came out during the American Revolution when the words were said by a revolutionary soldier who was from New Hampshire. Since then, New Hampshire has adopted the passion to constantly fight for personal liberty. It was General John Stark who was given credit for having the saying become the state motto.
- New Hampshire has the highest winds. The highest wind speed in the entire world was recorded at Mount Washington in New Hampshire in 1934. The winds were marked at 231 miles per hour and have not been surpassed anywhere in the world since then. You might need to hang onto your hat if you choose to hike up Mount Washington.
- Christa McAuliffe was from New Hampshire. In case you have forgotten, Christa McAuliffe won the contest to become the first NASA Teacher in Space as part of a project in 1985. She joined the 11-man crew of the space shuttle Challenger. Her goal was to conduct experiments as well as teach lessons while she was in outer space. Challenger broke apart just over a minute after takeoff on January 28, 1986, killing the entire crew. McAuliffe has been memorialized all over New Hampshire and her accomplishments have not been forgotten.
- You can blame New Hampshire for alarm clocks. The first alarm clock was invented by Levi Hutchins, who was from Concord, New Hampshire. He created it in 1787 and designed it to go off at 4:00 am daily, which is when he got up every day. So when your alarm goes off and you want to break it, you can now blame Levi Hutchins for inventing them.
- It is the Granite State. New Hampshire is known as the Granite State due to the immense amount of granite that has been mined out of New Hampshire. Considering the popularity of granite counter tops in home remodels at the moment, it is no owner that the Granite State is still going so strong.
- New Hampshire has the status of being the first state to have a public library. The first public library was founded in Peterborough in 1833. Of course that took off and now there are public libraries everywhere.
Remember that New Hampshire is responsible for many firsts throughout its state history. The reason is obvious: the state was previously one of the thirteen original colonies, meaning that it has been more populated longer than other areas of the country. Also because the state is so breathtaking, people are really inspired to produce some amazing things here. Even Robert Frost lived there, making it pretty easy to see where he found all of his inspiration.