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Trolley at Contoocook River Park, Early 1900's  

History:

Contoocook River Amusement Park was developed along the south bank of the Contoocook River in the late 1800s. An old dirt road, part of the Concord Trail System, now leads through a wooded area where trolley car tracks once ran.

For twenty cents in 1893, and up until the 1920’s, you could ride 14 miles on the trolley from downtown Concord to Penacook to enjoy free entertainment, fireworks, swimming, dancing at a large pavilion, boating, roller-skating, bowling, and even a steamboat ride up the Contoocook River. The park closed in 1925.

Today the area is still popular with boaters and fishermen, but little trace of the park remains. If you follow the well-used trail along the banks of the river, into the woods, and beside the hydroelectric canal, the shore remains a lovely place to walk, ski, or snowshoe.

Directions

From Concord/Rt. 3: Use Fisherville Road (Rt. 3) toward Penacook. Fisherville will turn into Village Street. From the center of Penacook, turn left on Washington Street for 0.6 miles to Electric Avenue on your right. Take Electric Avenue 0.2 miles to a gate and parking area across the road.

From Rt. 93: Take Exit 17 (Penacook/Boscawen). Bear right of the exit ramp heading west. Proceed to the yellow blinking light about 1/2 mile from the exit. Travel about 1/2 mile on East St. and turn left onto Fisherville Road. Travel two blocks and turn right on Washington Street for 0.6 miles to Electric Avenue on your right. Take Electric Avenue 0.2 miles to a gate and parking area across the road.

From Rt. 4/3 North: Travel south thru Boscowen on Routes 4 and 3. When Route 3 veers to the right at a set of lights take that right, going into Penacook Village. Cross the bridge and turn right on Washington Street for 0.6 miles to Electric Avenue on your right. Take Electric Avenue 0.2 miles to a gate and parking area across the road.

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