Contoocook, New Hampshire

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Contoocook is a village[1] and census-designated place (CDP) within the town of Hopkinton in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,444 at the 2000 census.



Contoocook is named after the Contoocook River that runs through it. In previous centuries the area was known as "Contoocookville". It is the birthplace of Civil War naval officer George H. Perkins. His daughter Isabel Weld Perkins and his son-in-law Larz Anderson maintained Perkins Manor as one of several summer homes. In describing the approach to Perkins Manor one commentator writes:

"In passing up the Concord and Claremont Railroad from Concord, the observant traveler has doubtless noticed the substantial and comfortable-looking homestead with large and trim front yard, shaded by thickly planted and generous topped maples, on the right-hand side of the road after crossing the bridge that spans 'Contoocook's bright and brimming river' at the pleasant-looking village of Contoocookville in the northern part of Hopkinton."[1]

Notable inhabitants

Rose Flanders Bascom, who was born in Contoocook in 1880, joined the circus and became a noted female lion tamer before dying of a lion mauling.


Contoocook is located at 43°13′25″N 71°42′53″W / 43.22361°N 71.71472°W / 43.22361; -71.71472 (43.223588, -71.714627).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP of Contoocook has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), of which 2.3 sq mi (6.0 km2) is land and 0.1 sq mi (0.26 km2) (4.24%) is water.

Contoocook is northwest of Concord, the state capital, on Interstate 89.

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