Groveton, New Hampshire

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Groveton, New Hampshire
Census-designated place
Covered bridge over the Upper Ammonoosuc River in front of former paper mill in Groveton.  The Percy Peaks are in the distance.
Covered bridge over the Upper Ammonoosuc River in front of former paper mill in Groveton. The Percy Peaks are in the distance.
Groveton is located in New Hampshire
Groveton
Groveton
Location within the state of New Hampshire
Coordinates: 44°35′56″N 71°30′52″W / 44.59889°N 71.51444°W / 44.59889; -71.51444Coordinates: 44°35′56″N 71°30′52″W / 44.59889°N 71.51444°W / 44.59889; -71.51444
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Coos
Town Northumberland
Area
 • Total 2.15 sq mi (5.57 km2)
 • Land 2.06 sq mi (5.33 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0.23 km2)
Elevation 883 ft (269 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,118
 • Density 543/sq mi (209.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 03582
Area code(s) 603
FIPS code 33-32260
GNIS feature ID 0867268

Groveton is a census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Northumberland in Coos County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,118 at the 2010 census.[1] It is located at the intersection of U.S. Route 3 and New Hampshire Route 110.

The paper mill, which was the primary employer in Groveton, was closed by Wausau Papers in 2008.

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

History[edit]

Fort Wentworth[edit]

Fort Wentworth was a colonial fort built in 1755 at the junction of the Upper Ammonoosuc River and Connecticut River, in Northumberland, New Hampshire, just downstream from the present site of Groveton.

Paper mill[edit]

Diamond International Papers was originally the hub of Groveton. Diamond International was replaced by James River Paper Company, which was followed by Wausau Paper. In 2008 Wausau ceased production in its Groveton mill, which in turn precluded the trains from stopping in Groveton any more. There were plans to turn the mill into a biomass plant, but as of January 2012, plans for buying the mill had fallen through.[2] After an interview with former mill employees, the Town of Northumberland has decided to demolish the mill for scrap metals. With the price of metals at an all-time high, the town would make more money with the metals than waiting for the mill to sell. Plans for the future site include a LNG Plant bringing 80 or so vital jobs to the North Country. As of late 2014 the plans are on hold.[citation needed]

Steam locomotive[edit]

A coal-powered steam engine was owned by the Odell Manufacturing Company paper mill for use as a switch engine. Having last seen use in the mid-1960s, it is presently maintained by Wausau Mills and Groveton Paper Board. The Boy Scouts "dress it up" every Christmas and keep it clean.

Riverside Speedway[edit]

In 1964 Riverside Speedway, a 1/4 mile banked oval track opened up in Groveton. It has had many owners and is still in operation today. Although this race track hasn't been updated in 20 years, it is still enjoyable. It features weekly racing series and is a popular venue in local auto racing.

The Early Show[edit]

Groveton was featured on The Early Show on January 5, 2012. It was a story on the mill and featured Karen Brown of The Early Show and Roger Caron.

Geography[edit]

Groveton is located at 44°36′3″N 71°30′49″W / 44.60083°N 71.51361°W / 44.60083; -71.51361 (44.600868, -71.513525).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.15 square miles (5.57 km2), of which 2.06 square miles (5.33 km2) is land and 0.089 square miles (0.23 km2), or 4.16%, is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,197 people, 514 households, and 323 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 550.6 people per square mile (213.0/km²). There were 558 housing units at an average density of 256.7 per square mile (99.3/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 98.75% White, 0.17% Native American, 0.25% Asian, and 0.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.33% of the population.

There were 514 households out of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.9% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.0% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 19.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 91.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $26,801, and the median income for a family was $30,938. Males had a median income of $29,028 versus $18,828 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $13,516. About 11.7% of families and 14.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.7% of those under age 18 and 13.0% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  2. ^ Chris Jensen (January 17, 2012). "As Purchase Falls Through, Groveton Paper Plant Eyed for Demolition". New Hampshire Public Radio. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ CUMMINGS, Fred Nelson, (1864 - 1952)