West Lebanon, New Hampshire

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West Lebanon, New Hampshire
Unincorporated community
Main Street, West Lebanon, in 2012
Main Street, West Lebanon, in 2012
West Lebanon is located in New Hampshire
West Lebanon
West Lebanon
Coordinates: 43°38′57″N 72°18′37″W / 43.64917°N 72.31028°W / 43.64917; -72.31028Coordinates: 43°38′57″N 72°18′37″W / 43.64917°N 72.31028°W / 43.64917; -72.31028
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Grafton
Elevation 407 ft (124 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 03784
Area code(s) 603
GNIS feature ID 870780[1]

West Lebanon is an unincorporated community (pop. approx 3,500) within the city of Lebanon, New Hampshire, on the Connecticut River. The area contains a major shopping plaza strip along New Hampshire Route 12A, serving the Upper Valley communities along Interstates 89 and 91. West Lebanon also hosts the Lebanon Municipal Airport, a number of small software and tech businesses, and a regional daily newspaper, the Valley News. The village serves as a bedroom community for nearby Dartmouth College.

West Lebanon was the site of Lebanon's first settlement in 1761. Later the village became a regionally important rail hub, although at that time it was better known to rail travelers as Westboro. By the 1950s, however, the rail industry had shrunk significantly. The village of White River Junction, Vermont, across the Connecticut River, took most of the remaining services, and the rail service through West Lebanon was terminated.[citation needed]

Today commerce has replaced transportation as the basis of the economy, and West Lebanon serves as the commercial hub for a United States micropolitan area of over 170,000 people.[2] Seminary Hill School is located in the area.

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West Lebanon in 1889