Nubanusit Brook

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Nubanusit Brook
USACE MacDowell Lake and Dam.jpg
Edward MacDowell Dam and Lake on Nubanusit Brook
Nubanusit Brook is located in New Hampshire
Nubanusit Brook
Nubanusit Brook is located in the United States
Nubanusit Brook
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
CountiesCheshire, Hillsborough
TownsNelson, Harrisville, Dublin, Peterborough
Physical characteristics
SourceNubanusit Lake
 • locationNelson
 • coordinates42°58′26″N 72°5′8″W / 42.97389°N 72.08556°W / 42.97389; -72.08556
 • elevation1,375 ft (419 m)
MouthContoocook River
 • location
 • coordinates
42°52′31″N 71°56′56″W / 42.87528°N 71.94889°W / 42.87528; -71.94889Coordinates: 42°52′31″N 71°56′56″W / 42.87528°N 71.94889°W / 42.87528; -71.94889
 • elevation
710 ft (220 m)
Length14.3 mi (23.0 km)
Basin features
 • leftJaquith Brook
 • rightBrickyard Brook, Brush Brook

Nubanusit Brook is a 14.3-mile-long (23.0 km) stream in southern New Hampshire in the United States.[1] The brook begins at the outlet of Nubanusit Lake in Nelson. It is a tributary of the Contoocook River, part of the Merrimack River watershed.[2] The brook flows south into Harrisville, interrupted by Harrisville Pond and Skatutakee Lake, then east to the MacDowell Reservoir (constructed for flood control) in Peterborough. The brook turns south, passes the village of West Peterborough, and reaches the Contoocook River after passing through Peterborough village.

Nubanusit Brook was important to the establishment and development of Harrisville and Peterborough because many dams were built along it to provide water power to mills.[3] These included substantial textile mills in Harrisville, West Peterborough, and Peterborough, as well as smaller mills along the brook's course.

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  1. ^ "Nubanusit Neighborhood & Farm". Nubanusit Neighborhood & Farm. Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  2. ^ "New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Nubanusit Lake Dam, Phase I Inspection Report" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on November 11, 2020.