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January 31, 2013

What's Haverhill's oldest street? What TV celebrities past and present come from here?

Haverhill Trivia Book, revised by students, has the answers

Can you name the oldest street in Haverhill?

Do you know what Haverhill-born surgeon went on to open a world famous health clinic?

Local history buffs will tell you the oldest street in the city is Mill Street and that Dr. Frank Lahey founded the Lahey Clinic.

Those and other tidbits of the city’s history were featured in a trivia book produced in 1988 by a Haverhill school teacher. Now, that book, which is still available at the public library’s Friends Shop, has been reorganized and revised with help from students at Haverhill High School. They hope to sell it to raise money for clubs and for booster organizations, and also make it available to nonprofit groups so they can raise money as well.

The new Haverhill Trivia Book is also filled with fun facts about the city, ranging from historic properties to colorful characters. In addition to trivia questions and answers ranging from the city’s form of government to its geography to education and sports, there are new maps, such as one showing the city’s original boundaries, and new activity sheets for learning about places like Winnekenni Castle and the old Boston & Maine Railway.

Ask a kid if they know what a “wainwright” is and you might get a quizzical look. Under “Colonial Careers From the Past,” you’ll find the answer is a “wagon repairman and wagon builder,” a trade that’s far from cutting edge these days.

There’s even a scavenger hunt for those who are fascinated by the Team Haverhill volunteer organization’s giant Essex Street Gateway Mural, which features images of well-known people from the city’s past and present.

And if you don’t happen to have a copy of the Haverhill Citizens Hall of Fame booklet, all of the prominent characters from Haverhill’s past that are featured in that booklet have been included in the updated Haverhill Trivia Book.

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