Agriculture Meets Commerce Haverhill has been and still is a city where en- trepreneurialspiritsthrive. ThankstotheMer- rimack River, farming, shipbuilding and fishingwerethestrongindustries.Thecityand surrounding area became a center for raising cattle inthe1800s.Alongwiththat,industries that needed cattle grew. Products such as salt beef, leather, saddles, harnesses, gloves, and shoes created ventures for entrepreneurs. The Industrial Revolution By the mid-1800s, the “Queen Slipper City” wasoneofthelargestshoemanufacturingcities in the country. During its peak, 200 plants produced over one million pairs of shoes. On February 17, 1882, a fire ripped through the shoe district destroying almost ten acres of the city.Today Haverhill’s Board ofTrade Building is on the National Register of Historic Places area and is one of the finest examples of Queen Anne industrial architecture in America. The Soles of Haverhill To celebrate Haverhill’s shoe history, local artists, Team Haverhill, and the city, created a “Shoe-la-bration” in 2009, an event with the fourteen painted shoe sculptures created and housed throughout the city at sponsoring venues. Have fun exploring them all! Come Visit Haverhill Haverhill is growing and thriving. It is a community filled with pride and offer a “small town” with the most current resources, products and services for success. Explore our history, business community, or to live. For more information visit the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce website haverhillchamber.com. Photos: Kayaking at Millvale Reservoir © Alison Colby-Campbell; Walkway Along the River © GHCC; Tattersall Farm Mini Horses © Tattersall Farm; Boardwalk © Alison Colby-Campbell Haverhill, The Queen Slipper City’s Renaissance 11