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Sargent's Purchase, New Hampshire

Sargent's Purchase
Skyline of Sargent's Purchase
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Coos
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Coordinates: 44°15′45″N 71°17′54″W / 44.26250°N 71.29833°W / 44.26250; -71.29833{{#coordinates:44|15|45|N|71|17|54|W| |primary |name= }} Sargent's Purchase is a township located in Coos County, New Hampshire, United States. As of the 2010 census, the purchase had a total population of 3.[1]

In New Hampshire, locations, grants, townships (which are different from towns), and purchases are unincorporated portions of a county which are not part of any town or city and have limited self-government (if any, as many are uninhabited).


The first known explorer to have stepped foot in what is now known as Sargent’s Purchase was Darby Field, who claimed to have made the first ascent of Mount Washington in 1642. Sargent’s Purchase was granted to Jacob Sargent and others on May 31, 1832.[2] In May 1866, Sylvester Marsh of Campton, New Hampshire, began construction of the Mount Washington Cog Railway,[3] primarily in Thompson and Meserve's Purchase, but the uppermost half mile being within Sargent's Purchase. The Cog Railway was completed in 1869.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of Script error: No such module "convert"., of which 0.04% is water.

Mount Washington, with an elevation of Script error: No such module "convert". above sea level, the highest mountain in New England, is located in Sargent's Purchase. Other notable summits within the purchase include Mount Monroe, at Script error: No such module "convert".; Mount Isolation, at Script error: No such module "convert".; and Stairs Mountain, at Script error: No such module "convert".. The Ammonoosuc River has its headwaters in the township.


As of the census[5] of 2010, there were 3 people living in the township.


  1. ^ United States Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2010 Census figures. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
  2. ^ Noah Barker (1864). An essay on the cardinal points. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ 12px Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1900). "Marsh, Sylvester". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton. 
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  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.