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New Hampshire Vacation Basic Facts

New Hampshire Travel Bureau,
172 Pembroke Road, P O Box 1856, Concord NH 03302-1856; 603-271-2665; 800-FUN-IN-NH; Fax: 603-271-6870. Email: Web:

New Hampshire Travel Council — 30 S Main Street, Concord NH 03302; 603-224-9900. Web: The “gateway to the Granite State.”

State Amphibian: red-spotted newt

State Animal: white-tailed deer

State Bird: purple finch

State Butterfly: Karner blue

State Flower: purple lilac

State Freshwater Game Fish: brook trout

State Fruit: pumpkin

State Gem: smokey quartz

State Insect: ladybug

State Mineral: beryl

State Motto: Live Free or Die

State Nickname: Granite State, Mother of Rivers, White Mountain State, Switzerland of America

State Quarter:

State Rock: granite

State Saltwater Game Fish: striped bass

State Seal:

State Soil: Marlow

State Song: Old New Hampshire

State Sport: skiing

State Tree: white birch or canoe birch

State Wildflower: pink ladyslipper

State Capitals

Exeter, New Hampshire — The capital of New Hampshire during the Revolutionary War. On January 5, 1776, the Provincial Congress adopted the first state constitution and the Legislative Assembly met here during the Revolution.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire — Colonial and state capital until 1808. Became capital of the New Hampshire province in 1679.

Concord, New Hampshire — Present state capital since 1808. The State Capitol Building, first occupied in 1819, is the U.S.'s oldest Capitol in which a legislature still meets in its original chambers.

Pittsburg, New Hampshire — In 1832, the people of Pittsburg declared the area independent of both the United States and Canada and declared the Republic of Indian Stream. Pittsburg became the capital of the Republic. In 1836, the area became part of New Hampshire.


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