New Hampshire and Maine
Well, the Mill town, Manchester hasn’t really changed in the past 30 years! The mills are still standing and the predominant structures of the city. New Hampshire suffered badly in the 1980s recession and never really bounced back.
The large smoke stacks dominate the sky line
The Merrimack river flows through Manchester and used to fuel the mill industries that dominated the state. In my youth most of the mills were still being used for textiles: weaving, sewing and design.
Historical Images of ManchesterAmoskeag [Textile] Manufacturing Company founded Manchester
Mills now functioning as commercial businesses and the University of NH annex
As it happens, a climbing gym occupies one of the buildings. My niece Ashley asked me if I’d take her and of course I couldn’t say ‘no!’
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From the gym we headed to the hotel. Tomorrow we will be going to Maine for the day. Poor Poodles spent the day in the car but had a special treat of chews when we settled in for the night.
Fall colors still hanging in there