Era 10: Contemporary United States – Early 1970s to
Compiled by Tom Sullivan
The population in Keene was 20,467.
The Cheshire Hospital opened, which replaced the old Elliot Hospital.
The Keene Clinic moved to its present location.
The world’s Horseshoe Tournament was held in Keene.
President Gerald Ford visited Keene. Schools closed so student could go see him.
Keene’s first Street Fair was held. Before that, the event had been known as Sidewalk Sales or Crazy Days.
October First Lady Rosalyn Carter dedicated the E.E. Bagley Bandstand in Central Square.
The population in Keene was 21,449.
Henry David’s Restaurant opened. It was located in the Asa Dunbar house, which was built in 1785. The restaurant was named for Henry David Thoreau whose mother was born in the house. Henry David’s was once known as the Crystal Restaurant.
Work was completed on the expansion of the Keene Public Library.
Colony Mill Marketplace opened for business.
Franklin 0’Neal Field at Wheelock Park was dedicated. 0’Neal was a long time black softball player for Keene.
Sun Foods, largest supermarket in Keene, opened.
The new Recreation Center on Washington Street was built. The main part of the building consists of a portion of the original structure, which was the Cheshire County jail that was built in the late 1800s.
Monadnock Children’s Museum opened.
Keene begins a city wide recycling program of paper, plastic, and tin.
Keene dedicated a memorial to those who fought in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and who spent time as POW’s. This is the reflecting pool at the Recreation Center on Washington Street.
The Women’s National Modified Softball Tournament was held in Keene. A crowd of 65,000 people attended the three day event. The tournament was won by a Keene, New Hampshire team representing Kulick’s Market.
1989 and 1990
Cedarcrest, a home for children who have mental or physical handicaps, was built.
Children begin to move into the home at Cedarcrest.
Keene Mill Outlet opened. The building was the former railroad repair shops and Central Screw.
The population of Keene was 22,430.
The first Harvest Festival in Keene was held.
The Keene Bambino Baseball champs won the state tournament and went to the National World Series in Colorado.
The first run into the New Year was held at 11:45 p.m. at the First Night events.
Keene’s first celebration of Chinese New Year was held.
A new baseball field at Wheelock Park was dedicated. Toby Barrett of Keene helped to organize the construction of this field for the children of Keene.
October Keene was entered into the Guiness Book of World Records for having the most carved pumpkins at the Harvest Festival.
Goodnow’s Department Store closed after serving the people of Keene for many years.
Keene had its second Chinese New Year celebration.
Keene’s 12 year old Bambino baseball team made it to the World Series, coached by Tom Barrett, Conrad Fisk, and Kevin Watterson.
Tom Sullivan teaches elementary school in Keene.