Attractions were high on a lot of lists. Clark’s Trading Post was a favorite. Santa’s Village and the cog railway were popular, too. Natural attractions, including specific lakes and rivers, mountains, beaches and state parks, were mentioned often.
History figured into a lot of answers — the Mast Tree Riot in Fremont, logging and paper mills up north, textile mills, and numerous inventions all were included.
Things New Hampshire doesn’t have figured rather prominently — no sales or income tax, no seat-belt or helmet laws, no mandatory car insurance. But some said the lack of those taxes and laws comes at a cost. We’ll see how high that cost is.
We could write endlessly about the submissions and each one’s role in shaping New Hampshire. Over the next 12 months, reporters will look deeper into the list, separate fact from fiction in some cases, and investigate why some of these hundreds of people and places matter.
We had a good time compiling the list and we learned a lot along the way. We hope to learn more in the year ahead.
Sometimes you really do need to pause and take stock to appreciate what you have.