Stark, New Hampshire

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Stark is a town in Coos County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 516 at the 2000 census. The 2009 population was estimated to be 522.[1] It has a famous covered bridge. The town includes the villages of Percy and Crystal as well as the village of Stark, located on the Upper Ammonoosuc River. New Hampshire Route 110 runs through Stark, east from U.S. Highway 3 in Groveton and northwest from Route 16 in Berlin. Much of the town is within the boundaries of the White Mountain National Forest.

Stark is part of the Berlin, NH–VT Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Granted in 1774, Stark was originally named Percy, after Hugh Percy, 1st Duke of Northumberland. The town was incorporated in 1795, and renamed Stark in 1832, after General John Stark, author of New Hampshire's motto, "Live Free or Die".

World War II POW Camp

In early 1944, the remains of a former Civilian Conservation Corps Camp in Stark were converted, enabling it to hold about 250 German POWs. This was the only World War II POW camp located in New Hampshire. Most of the men in the camp performed hard labor in the nearby forests, supplying wood for the nearby paper mills. Some of the men remained in the United States after the war ended and the camp was closed in 1946.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 59.6 square miles (154 km2), of which 59.1 sq mi (153 km2) is land and 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2) is water, comprising 0.84% of the town. The town includes the eastern edge of the Pilot Range in the White Mountains, including several peaks higher than 3,000 feet (910 m) above sea level. The highest point in Stark is 3,730-foot (1,140 m) Mount Hutchins, on the border with Northumberland.


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