There were no big roads in New Hampshire during the 1700s like the highways we have today. Instead, all the roads in the state were local, linking one village to another. Each town was responsible for building and repairing their own roads, and sometimes the towns didn’t do a great job of it. In the late 1700s, some investors got together and decided to build a nice, big road that would run across the middle of the state, from Portsmouth to Concord. They called the new road the New Hampshire Turnpike. Although it was a toll road, meaning people had to pay to use it, the road was in much better condition than the smaller, local roads. The turnpike was wider than most roads and had fewer potholes. It made traveling from one part of the state to another much faster and easier. Soon other turnpikes were built in New Hampshire, linking most of the regions of the state together in a road network.