Nashua native people of the Pennacook tribes settled here
Approx. 1,400 - Approx. 1,700
First Colonial Settlements in New England
Approx. 1,600 - Approx. 1,700
Indian settlements devastated by smallpox
1617 - 1618
Massachusetts Bay Colony formed
1628 - Approx. 1675
King Phillip's War - Native rebellion (Metacomet)
1675 - 1676
Declaration of Independence
Indian Removal Act
Wave of Immigants
1848 - 1860
Wave of immigrants come from Europe, many work in factories.
Industries develop along Nashua River
Paper manufacture, textiles, and shoe products become the prevalent industries on the river.
Wachusett Dam is built
Largest dam on the Nashua River - the Wachusett Dam in Clinton - was built to provide Boston with water.
Manufacture of Bakelite begins plastic age
Marion Stoddart organizes the Nashua River Cleanup Committee
Marion Stoddart organizes the Nashua River Cleanup Committee, and the city of Leominster gets permission from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to dump 150 million gallons of raw sewage per day into the Nashua River.
U.S. Congress passes Clean Water Act
U.S. Congress passes Clean Water Act, paper companies along the Nashua River join together to build a treatment plant, and 400-500 youths work for five months to clear trash from Nashua's riverbed and banks.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is formed
U.S. Environmental Protections Agency (EPA) is formed, and Federal Clean Water Act states that all U.S. waters be fishable and swimmable by 1983.
Fish, bald eagles, great blue herons return to the Nashua River