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Livermore: New Hampshire Ghost Town

July 27, 2017

If you’ve hiked, walked or cross country skied around Waterville Valley, you’ve undoubtedly been on the Livermore Trail.  Livermore trailhead parking is located at the southern end of Tripoli Road (off West Branch Road) in Waterville Valley’s North End. Livermore is a gravel road for 5 miles before narrowing and emerging opposite Lily Pond, just east of the height-of-land on the Kancamagus Highway. From the Livermore trail you can access the Greeley Ponds Trail and Mount Trypyramid loop, as well as many popular shorter trails closer to the parking area. Waterville Valley Resort operates a groomed Nordic ski trail system on Livermore in winter and it’s part of the maintained mountain bike system in summer. 

Interestingly, there is an unincorporated town of Livermore, a former logging community that borders Waterville Valley and encompasses a large chunk of the White Mountain National Forest.  Livermore is one of New Hampshire’s ghost towns – an abandoned town with no population.  

Image from NHPR

On July 21, 2017, New Hampshire Public Radio’s Hannah McCarthy reported on Livermore in an onging NHPR project, “Only in New Hampshire — You Asked, We Answered: What Happened to the People in That N.H. Ghost Town?”

What’s particularly puzzling about Livermore is that the tiny town with an ever decreasing population was actually disincorporated in 1951. Strangely, in 2000, the US Census reported that Livermore had a population of three people.  In the 2010 census, the population was listed as zero.  What happened to those three people?  And what were they doing living in Livermore in the first place – a “ghost town” even in 2000 with no infrastructure and crumbling ruins?  Was it a hoax?

>> Read (and listen) to the NHPR story here

>> Photos of Livermore ruins by Erin Paul Donovan


About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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