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Sargent's Purchase, New Hampshire
Mount Washington Auto Road, approaching the summit
Mount Washington Auto Road, approaching the summit
Country United States
State New Hampshire
County Coös
 • Total 25.88 sq mi (67.02 km2)
 • Land 25.87 sq mi (67.00 km2)
 • Water 0.008 sq mi (0.02 km2)  0.02%
3,530 ft (1,080 m)
 • Total 0
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 603
FIPS code 33-007-67860
GNIS feature ID 872626

Sargent's Purchase is a township in Coös County, New Hampshire, United States. It lies within the White Mountain National Forest. As of the 2020 census, the population was zero.

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. In May 1866, Sylvester Marsh of Campton, New Hampshire, began construction of the Mount Washington Cog Railway, primarily in Thompson and Meserve's Purchase, but the uppermost half mile being within Sargent's Purchase. The Cog Railway was completed in 1869.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 25.9 square miles (67 km2), of which 0.04% is water.

Mount Washington, with an elevation of 6,288 feet (1,917 m) 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 5,380 feet (1,640 m); Mount Isolation, at 4,004 feet (1,220 m); and Stairs Mountain, at 3,468 feet (1,057 m). The Ammonoosuc River has its headwaters in the township.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 6
1930 0
1940 0
1950 16
1960 17 6.3%
1970 0 −100.0%
1980 1
1990 0 −100.0%
2000 0
2010 3
2020 0 −100.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2020 census, there were no permanent residents in the township.

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