New Historical Road Markers 21: Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire

Today we bring you something a little bit different . . . presented here are the numerous storyboards on important historical or geological facts of the area that populate the various scenic overlooks along the Kancamagus Highway. . . 

Picture of New Hampshire Kancamagus Highway Storyboard

Kancamagus Highway

New Hampshire State Route 112 runs for 56 miles through the White Mountain National Forest starting in the east in Conway, New Hampshire and ending in the west in Bath, New Hampshire. The eastern 26.5 miles between Lincoln, New Hampshire and Conway, New Hampshire is called the “Kancamagus Higway.”

Kancamagus Highway . . . Who Was Kancamagus?

Kancamagus Highway: This scenic highway through the White Mountain National Forest was constructed through the combined efforts of the New Hampshire Department of Public Works and Highways, the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads, and the U.S. Forest Service. The road was opened between Conway and Lincoln in 1959. The scenic road opens the Swift and the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River watersheds for increased public use. Take your time and enjoy your drive.

Who was Kancamagus? Kancamagus (The Fearless One), grandson of Passaconaway, succeeded his uncle, Wonalancet, about 1684 as third and final “Sagamon” of the Penacook Confederacy. He tried to maintain peace between the Indians and whites, but harassment from the English aggravated this hot-tempered chieftain until he loose the furies of war, causing much bloodshed. The tribes of the confederacy became scattered after 1691 and Kancamagus, with his followers, moved either to northern New Hampshire or into Canada.

Forest Service-U.S. Department of Agriculture

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