The largest city in Northern New England, Manchester is just an hour’s drive north of Boston. Located on the Amoskeag River, a lock and canal system was opened in May of 1807 to circumvent the river’s falls. The canal was funded by businessman Samuel Blodgett after a visit to Manchester, England, the world’s first industrialized city. Blodgett died in September of 1807 and did not live to see his dream realized of the town of Derryfield becoming a great city. However, the town was renamed Manchester in his honor in 1810 and incorporated as a city in 1846. At that time, Manchester was home to the largest cotton mill in the world.
Manchester’s industrial past is still visible today in the Amoskeag Millyard and its surroundings. Extensive and ongoing restoration of the red brick mills and nearby tenements has contributed to the city’s continued growth. In 2009, Manchester was ranked 13th on CNN Money.com’s list of Best US cities to live and start a business. Kiplinger ranked the city second only to Anchorage, Alaska as the second most tax-friendly US city, and the Manchester-Nashua Metro Region ranked first on Forbes list of America’s 100 cheapest cities to live.
The city is located on a major interstate and features the Manchester International Airport. Car rental agencies are located right within the airport terminals, and taxis, buses and hotel courtesy shuttles are available curbside. Manchester is relatively large geographically, and a car is recommended to explore the city.
Manchester is notable for cultural activities and sporting events. The Currier Museum of Art, Frank Lloyd Wright Zimmerman House and Palace Theater are popular attractions. The Verizon Wireless Arena features music and sporting events and is home to the Manchester Monarchs, a minor league hockey team. The Fisher Cats minor league baseball team also calls Manchester home along with the ManchVegas Roller Girls, a roller derby team, and the Manchester Freedom of the Independent Women’s Football League.
With temperatures typically ranging from 55 °F to 82 °F, July is usually the warmest month, while January is usually the coldest month with temperatures typically ranging from 5 °F to 32 °F. Monthly precipitation ranges from 2 to 3 inches. October is usually the rainiest month of the year.