Albany, New Hampshire

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Albany is a town in Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was recorded as 654 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 691.[1]

Albany includes Mount Chocorua and Mount Paugus, as well as the southeastern corner of the White Mountain National Forest. Albany is the entrance to the Mount Washington Valley, and features a 120-foot (37 m) covered bridge that spans the Swift River just north of the Kancamagus Highway. Spectacular views of Mount Chocorua, popular with hikers, are seen from this picturesque town. Albany is also home to the World Fellowship Center, a resort and retreat center founded in 1941 by and for peace activists.

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History

The community was first chartered in 1766 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth as Burton for General Jonathan Burton of Wilton. The town was incorporated and renamed Albany in 1833, when the New York Central Railroad from New York City to Albany, New York was chartered.[citation needed]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 75.1 square miles (195 km2), of which 74.7 sq mi (193 km2) is land and 0.3 sq mi (0.78 km2) is water, comprising 0.44% of the town. It is drained by the Swift River in the north and the Chocorua River in the south. Mount Chocorua, the highest point in Albany, has an elevation of 3,474 feet (1,059 m), and Mount Paugus has an elevation of 3,201 ft (976 m). Albany lies fully within the Saco River watershed.[2]

85% of the area of the town is part of the White Mountain National Forest.[3] Most residential development occurs in the southeastern portion of the town, along New Hampshire Route 16. Route 112, the Kancamagus Highway, runs east-west along the Swift River and is nearly entirely within the national forest. The former village of Passaconaway occupies a broad valley along the Kancamagus Highway in the northwestern part of the town. The area is now a national forest visitor attraction. Other place names within the town limits include Ferncroft, in the extreme southwest corner of town, and the former site of Paugus Mill, along the town's southern boundary.

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