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Concord Celebrates 250th Anniversary In 2015

Jack Rodolico

 In 2015, the City of Concord will honor its 250th anniversary. 

For centuries, the Merrimack River made Concord a prime location for Native Americans first, then European settlers later.

And in the 1800s, the city was famous for Concord Coaches – horse-drawn buggies that were manufactured to-order for customers around the world.

"Every Western you see, all of your John Wayne movies, up through even the latest Lone Ranger movie, has Concord Coaches in it," says Bill Smith, who is part of the group planning the city's 25oth celebration.

The city will hold events throughout the year, including opening a time capsule from 1965 this summer. The public can comment on what should be buried in the new time capsule - to be opening in 2065 - by sending an email to

Before joining NHPR in August 2014, Jack was a freelance writer and radio reporter. His work aired on NPR, BBC, Marketplace and 99% Invisible, and he wrote for the Christian Science Monitor and Northern Woodlands.

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