- River, northeastern U.S. Rising in the White Mountains of central New Hampshire, it flows south into Massachusetts, then turns northeast and empties into the Atlantic Ocean after a total course of 110 mi (177 km).The main cities along the river include Concord, Manchester, and Nashua, N.H., and Lowell, Lawrence, and Haverhill, Mass.; they used the river to power their textile mills in the 19th century.
* * *stream in the northeastern United States, rising in the White Mountains of central New Hampshire at the confluence of the Pemigewasset and Winnipesaukee rivers and flowing southward into Massachusetts, then northeastward to its mouth on the Atlantic Ocean. Of its total length of 110 miles (177 km), the lower 22 miles (35 km) are tidal. The main cities along the river—Concord, Manchester, and Nashua in New Hampshire, and Lowell, Lawrence, and Haverhill in Massachusetts—used the Merrimack's waterpower to produce a large portion of the textiles and hosiery made in New England from about 1850 to the 1930s. While the river remains an important source of waterpower, its valley has become a central artery for tourist travel to the vacation centres in the White Mountains.
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