New Hampshire installs first historical marker to honor computer programming language BASIC

This is awesome. We need more of this. Turbo Pascal. TRS-80. Commodore 64. Atari. Colleco Vision.

The newest New Hampshire Historical Highway Marker, celebrating the creation of the BASIC computer language at Dartmouth in 1964, has officially been installed.

BASIC, Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code. BASIC proved robust enough to survive for decades, helping launch Microsoft along the way, and there are descendants still in use today. In short, it’s way more important than many people realize.

Thomas Kurtz, the retired Dartmouth math professor , created BASIC.

This new highway marker can be found on the east side of Route 120 in New Hampshire. It seems to be about halfway between the old Trumbull Nelson facility and Hanover Public Works.

The reasoning why it’s not located on or at Dartmouth is because state highway markers have to be on state highways and all the roads around Dartmouth College are owned by Hanover or the college itself, so this was about as close as we could get to the school on a visible, well-traveled route.

The marker is so new that the state hasn’t added it to their official list yet.