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Nashua is the second-largest city in northern New England. It has an estimated population of over 89,000 as of 2019. The textile industry was the reason for early growth but has seen a great deal of economic development in modern times. Money magazine named it the “Best Place to Live in America” twice. The town is beautiful and has many amenities to offer families and businesses.
Early History Begins with a Land Grant
In 1673 Edward Tyng from Dunstable, England, was granted 200 square miles of land in Massachusetts. The center of that land is where Nashua is located. The Merrimack River runs along Dunstable, and the town was split in 1732. This created a boundary dispute between New Hampshire and Massachusetts, which was resolved in 1741. The result was that Dunstable became two separate entities. One in the state of New Hampshire and one in Massachusetts.
Textile Industry Grows a City
While Dunstable would begin as a fur trading town in 1654, it didn’t stay that way for long. As a riverfront town, it was perfect for the textile industry. Textile mills required water to operate, and the Nashua and Merrimack Rivers aided in the growth that came with the industrial revolution.
Cotton Mills & Cloth
The Nashua Manufacturing Company had three cotton mills in place by 1836. The companies had 710 looms, which produced cloth that equaled 9.3 million yards. That amount of production caused the area to expand and brought workers and families to Dunstable.
A New Name
The half of Dunstable that was in New Hampshire would get a new name on December 31, 1836. It became Nashua. It was named after the Nashua River. Dunstable is still a town today on the other side of the river. The name for the river originates from the Penacook language of the Nashuway Indians, and it means “beautiful streams with a pebbly bottom”. It can also mean land between two rivers. Both are appropriate in describing this beautiful area.
The Town Splits Again
The town of Nashua would split again in 1842, and for eleven years, the northern and southern parts would be separate. The southern portion remained Nashua while the northern part called itself Nashville. Reconciliation came about in 1853, and Nashua was chartered.
The Railroad Comes to Town
The railroad brought even more growth to the town. There were six railroad lines in this busy mill town. They included the:
- Boston, Lowell, and Nashua
- Worcester and Nashua
- Nashua and Acton
- Nashua and Wilton
- Concord and Nashua
Before the Civil War, 56 trains would come through the city every day. The trains carried folks to and from all over the country. Today there is a new effort on extending commuter rail lines. The goal is to extend the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Lowell Line to Nashua from Lowell. The Boston Surface Railroad is looking to expand as well, connecting Lowell to Bedford, NH. It would take the commuter line close to the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.
Trolley Hub in New Hampshire
Trolleys were a great way to travel, and Nashua was a central hub for New Hampshire trolley systems. Residents and visitors could travel by trolley to Boston, Manchester, and even Hampton, NH. It traveled all over the city as well, ending at the dance hall. It closed in 1932 as other forms of transportation became popular. But in its day, the trolley was the way to travel.
Textile Industry Declines as World War I Hits
The manufacturing companies, such as the Jackson Manufacturing Company, employed hundreds of people in the late 1800s. The Nashua mills did quite well up until World War I. At the time, the textile industry began to go downhill. Much of this was due to different forms of energy that would replace water as an energy source. Transportation costs could be saved by companies who could now manufacture cotton fabrics at the source of the cotton growth. They no longer needed water run mills to make textiles. The last mill closed in 1949.
A City is Reborn
When the textile industries declined, it left hundreds of people out of work. Sanders Associates saved the day when they took over a closed mill. At that time, they were a new defense firm. The company would go on to be a major player in the home video game market. The first commercial home video game, the Magnavox Odyssey, was created by one of the employees. In 1970 Digital Equipment Corp. arrived in Nashua and shot the city into part of the high-tech corridor that is part of the Boston area.
Fun Facts About Nashua
The city has been featured in various movies and shows. It is also home of Russian dressing. James E. Colburn developed this delicious salad dressing around 1910. Other fun facts include:
- The Office had several scenes in fictional Nashua.
- MADE of MTV fame filmed an episode in Nashua High School in 2004.
- The West Wing has a Nashua flashback during the second season.
- Matt Damon wants to move to Nashua in Good Will Hunting.
SERVPRO of Nashua Proudly Serves Local Businesses
When a business suffers flooding from water intrusion, it can mean closing down until the mess is cleaned up. SERVPRO provides fast water removal that gets you up and running. When our technicians arrive on the scene they:
- Provide emergency mitigation if needed
- Extract the water using powerful pumps
- Dry the premises with industrial-strength air movers and dehumidifiers
- Use controlled demolition to enhance drying in hard to reach areas
- Repair damaged structural elements
- Clean surfaces and content
- Restore your facility to preloss condition whenever possible
As a business owner in Nashua, SERVPRO understands the need to keep your business functioning. We can handle the needs of both small businesses and large commercial enterprises. For all your water removal and fire, mitigation needs contact SERVPRO of Nashua at (603) 889-2311. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.