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Crotched Mountain

Coordinates: 42°59′54″N 71°52′25″W / 42.998294108°N 71.873712297°W / 42.998294108; -71.873712297
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Crotched Mountain
Highest point
Elevation2,063 ft (629 m)[1]
Coordinates42°59′54″N 71°52′25″W / 42.998294108°N 71.873712297°W / 42.998294108; -71.873712297[1]
Crotched Mountain is located in New Hampshire
Crotched Mountain
Crotched Mountain
Location in New Hampshire
LocationHillsborough County, New Hampshire, U.S.
Topo mapUSGS Greenfield, Peterborough North, Hillsboro, Deering

Crotched Mountain is a small mountain in western Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, in the United States. The 2,063-foot (629 m) summit of the mountain is in the town of Francestown, while the western slopes of the mountain rise in the town of Bennington, and a long southern ridge of the mountain is in Greenfield. The mountain was named for its appearance. Early settlers thought its V-shaped peaks resembled the fork or "crotch" of a tree.[2]

The Crotched Mountain Ski & Ride occupies the northern slopes of the mountain. It has 25 trails, 5 chairlifts, and 900 feet (270 m) of vertical drop. The Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center occupies a portion of the mountain's southern ridge in Greenfield.

The mountain was the site of the world's first wind farm. In 1980, US Windpower installed 20 wind turbines rated at 30 kilowatts each, on the shoulder of Crotched Mountain. The company went out of business and the wind turbines were dismantled years ago.[3]

View from near the summit of the mountain, looking southeast


  1. ^ a b "Crotchet". NGS Data Sheet. National Geodetic Survey, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Department of Commerce. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  2. ^ "Crotched Mountain FAQ". Crotched Mountain Foundation. Archived from the original on 2013-09-06. Retrieved 2008-08-05.
  3. ^ "Wind Energy history". University of Massachusetts Amherst. Retrieved 2013-01-31.

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