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Coos County

New Hampshire

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The Cities and communities of Coos County, New Hampshire *


Bean's Grant**, Bean's Purchase**, Berlin

Cambridge Township, Carroll, Clarksville, Colebrook, Columbia, Cutt's Grant**

Dalton, Dix's Grant**, Dixville Township, Dixville Notch, Dummer

Errol, Erving's Location**

Gorham, Green's Grant**, Groveton**

Hadley's Purchase**


Kilkenny Township

Lancaster (County Seat), Low and Burbank's Grant**

Martin's Location**, Milan, Millsfield Township


Odell Township

Pinkham's Grant**, Pittsburg


Sargent's Purchase**, Second College Grant**, Shelburne, Stark, Stewartstown, Stratford, Success Township

Thompson and Meserve' Purchase **

Wentworth's Location, Whitefield

*This list of cities may not be complete.
** In New Hampshire, locations, grants, townships (which are different from towns), and purchases are unincorporated portions of a county which are not part on any town and have limited self-government (if any, as many are uninhabited). Villages are census divisions of towns or cities, but have no separate corporate existence from the municipality they are located in.

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Information & Facts about Coos County, New Hampshire

Attractions & other Information - Climate - Economy - Genealogy - Geography -
Government - History - Libraries - Location - Organizations & Groups -
Other Facts & Figures - Population - Schools


Colebrook Town webpage

Town of Lancaster webpage

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1990 - 34,828
2000 - 33,111

Population density
2000 - 18 persons per square mile

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Coos County encompasses the entire northern panhandle area of New Hampshire.

Adjacent Counties
North - Quebec Province, Canada
East - Oxford County, Maine
Southeast - Carroll County
Southwest - Grafton County
West - Essex County, Vermont

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Here is a current weather page for the county

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Other Facts and Figures:

Median Household Income
2000 - $33,593

Median Fmaily Income
2000 - $40,654

Per capita income:
2000 - $17,218
2002 - $26,337

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Coos County was created on 24 December 1803 when it was carved out of the northern portion of Grafton County. It was organized at Berlin, though the seat was later moved to Lancaster. The name of the county is from an Algonquian Indian word meaning crooked and is the native name of the Connecticut River.

From about 1783 until 1835, the boundaries were disputed with Lower Canada and the U.S. For a short time, the residents formed their own republic, the independent Republic of Indian Stream.

The pronunciation for the county name is COE-oss

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Total area: 1,831 square miles
Total land area: 1,800 square miles
Total water area: 31 square miles

Most of the mountainous area of the county is in public areas such as national forest, state parks, etc and includes most of the northern portion of the White Mountains. Mt. Washington is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States.

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US GenWeb page for Coos County

The Political Graveyard for Coos County

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Weeks Memorial Library
128 Main Street
Lancaster, New Hampshire
Phone: 603-788-3352

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Colebrook School District
21 Academy Street
Colebrook, NH 03576

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Coos Economic Development Corporation (CEDC)
148 Main Street,
Lancaster, New Hampshire 03584

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Organizations & Groups

North Country Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1
Colebrook, NH 03576
Phone: (603) 237-8939
Toll-free: (800) 698-8939
FAX 603-237-4573

North Country Council
The Regional Planning Commission for Northern NH, providing their member communities with services in the areas of Community, Regional, Transportation and Natural Resource Planning, Economic Development and Grantwriting assistance

The Dalton Historical Society
220 Union Road
Dalton, NH 03598

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Attractions & Other Information

Annual Moose Festival held in August each year in Colebrook

Things to do in the area

Covered Bridges


The Great North Woods - all about the area

Beaver Brook Falls
The falls cascade over the 75-foot-high rocks and ledges. Some old-timers have stated that the Indians worshipped the falls, but there is no known source to verify this statement. For many years the Colebrook Kiwanis Club has maintained the Beaver Brook Falls Picnic Area

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