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Five for history.

The New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places has named five newcomers--or is it oldcomers?--to its list of historic properties and places:

* Stone Arch Bridge, Cheshire Railroad over the North Branch, Keene (1847): This stone arch bridge, rising 50 feet above the North Branch River and spanning some 70 feet was considered one of the most "dating" arched spans in its day.

* John Bowker House, Winter Street, Keene (1866): Called an outstanding example of the mid-19th century Italianate architecture, it was built for the family of Keene manufacturer John Bowker, and features a flush boarded exterior painted in imitation of stone, highly decorative trim and window treatments, and a matching connected carriage barn.

* H.E. Netsch & Sons Blacksmithing, Second Street, Manchester (1930): A rare example of a 20th century blacksmith shop, blacksmith, wheelwright and carriage builder H.E. Netsch opened the smithy about 1930, with a specialty in horseshoeing. He passed the shop and his blacksmithing skills to his son, Carl, who continued in the business until 1995.

* Peterborough Town Library, Concord Street, Peterborough (1892): This library was actually designed by a bridge engineer, George Shattuck Morrison. His straightforward design, with an emphasis on function and long-lasting materials such as brick and iron, is credited with being the oldest free library in the world supported entirely by public funds.

* Portsmouth Marine Railway Building, Marcy Street, Portsmouth (1833): From 1833 to 1855, the Portsmouth Marine Railway hauled masted tall ships weighing as much as 500 tons in from the Piscataqua River for inspection and repair.

The New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places recognizes properties that are meaningful in the history, architecture, archeology, engineering or traditions of New Hampshire's residents and communities.

Visit nh.gov/nhdhr or call 271-3483 for more information.--CK
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