Welcome to Kancamagus Highway
The route is named for Chief Kancamagus (The Fearless One), who assumed the powers of sagamore (leader) of the Penacook Native American tribe around 1684. He was the final sagamore, succeeding his grandfather, the great Passaconaway, and his uncle Wonalancet. Kancamagus tried to maintain peace between the indigenous peoples and European explorers and settlers, but the newcomers pushed his patience past breaking point. He finally resorted to battle to rid the region of Europeans, but in 1691 he and his followers were forced to escape northward.