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Chill Mill: 1940

Chill Mill: 1940

March 1940. "Berlin, New Hampshire -- paper mill town inhabited largely by French-Canadians and Scandinavians." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

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Abandoned Interurban

The bracket arm with clipped support cable is likely a remnant of the Berlin Street Railway, which ran interurban-like service between Berlin and Gorham from 1902 to 1938. This location would appear to be near Cascade, looking north towards Berlin, where there was a bit more room to have the tracks off to the side of the highway (NH-16). The thick copper running wire and steel tracks were valuable for scrap after abandonment, but the brackets and some lighter gauge signaling wire were not always worth the trouble to salvage.

Brrr. Spring thaw around the corner

I imagine all the hoboes are in a warmer climate by this time of year.

Zut alors!

By Yimminy!

Pronounced "BER-lin"

Say it like the city in Germany, and folks will know you're "from away."

Electric Line

The arms on the poles indicate the track where the boxcars are parked was once an electric line. Does anyone have an idea what it was?

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