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- Fitchburg was founded by Amos Kimball, Samuel Hunt, and John Fitch who chose the name "Fitchburg" because it was synonymous with heroism.
- Located on the Nashua River, Fitchburg became known as a manufacturing center during the Industrial Revolution.
- Fitchburg is the birthplace of NASCAR brothers Ken and Ron Bouchard.
- Fitchburg is noted for the Rollstone Boulder.
- The 1961 movie, 'Return to Peyton Place' was filmed in Fitchburg.