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Jackson, New Hampshire it in Carroll County. Colonial Governor John Wentworth issued two land grants which would become New Madbury. In 1772, a road was built through Pinkham Notch, a pass in the White Mountains at 2032 feet elevation. Benjamin Copp and his family would become the first settlers in 1778. In 1800, the name of the town was changed to Adams, in honor of President John Adams, who was in office at that time. The town remained Adams until 1829, when the hero of the Battle of New Orleans, Andrew Jackson was inaugurated. Artists began visiting the area in 1847, as the views of the White Mountains from that vantage point were breathtaking. Tourists soon followed. In the early 1870s, the Portland & Ogdensburg Railroad began service nearby and numerous hotels were erected in order to accommodate them. Trains continued to bring people to Jackson. A casino was built in 1886 and a hydroelectric plant in the 1890s. By the 1920s, there were 40 trains every day bringing passengers. With the popularity and reliability of cars, however, fewer people rode trains, and a few of the hotels had to close. Although that was the case, the town is still popular with tourists and artists and has a cross-country skiing trail system, rated one of the top ski trails in the world.

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