Leominster is a city in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 41,303 at the 2000 census. Leominster is located north of Worcester and west of Boston. Both Route 2 and Route 12 pass through Leominster. Interstate 190, Route 13, and Route 117 all have starting/ending points in Leominster. Leominster is surrounded by Fitchburg and Lunenburg to the north, Lancaster to the east, Sterling and Princeton to the south, and Westminster to the west.
The city name is not pronounced as spelt, "Leo" followed by "minster"; locals refer to the city as "Lemon-stah" in the Eastern New England dialect. However, it is commonly referred to in standard pronunciation as "Lemon-stir".
- The plastic flamingo traces its origins to Leominster.
- Johnny Appleseed was born in Leominster, MA. The city holds an annual autumn fair and parade in his honor and a local elementary school bears his name.
- Leominster is the pioneer plastic city of the world.
- In 1770, what was to become Leominster's largest and most well known industry was introduced. That year, Obadiah Hills began making horn combs by hand. The comb making industry in the United States got its start in W. Newbury, Mass. Hills learned his trade there, then moved with his skill to Leominster.
- By 1880, there were eight comb shops in town, a number which tripled by 1845. By that time the total in Leominster surpassed that of W. Newbury, Mass.