Berlin, New Hampshire
Berlin is a city in Coos County, New Hampshire, United States. It is the northernmost city in New Hampshire. The population was 10,051 at the 2010 census. As of July 1, 2019, it is estimated to be 10,122.
About Berlin, New Hampshire in brief
Berlin is a city in Coos County, New Hampshire, United States. It is the northernmost city in New Hampshire. The population was 10,051 at the 2010 census. As of July 1, 2019, it is estimated to be 10,122. The city sits at the edge of the White Mountains, and the city’s boundaries extend into the White Mountain National Forest. Around 11,000 years ago, small groups of Native Americans camped around the area of what is now called Berlin. The Eastern Abenaki tribes came to Berlin to mine rhyolite in Mt. Jasper. Because Quebec is less than 60 miles away, Berlin has many people of French Canadian descent in its population. Around 65% of its residents speak a variant of New England French, which is known locally as \”Berlin French\”. In 1872, a group of Scandinavians founded the nation’s oldest ski club, which still exists today. It was originally called the North American Ski Club, but later was renamed the Nansen Ski Club. This was in honor of Fridtjof Nansen, who in 1888 skied across Greenland. In 1897, Berlin was incorporated as a city, the northern most in the state. In 1851, the St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad entered Berlin, connecting it to other markets. By 1885, the mill town was home to several pulp and paper mills, including the Riverside Mill, Forest Fibre Company and White Mountain Pulp & Paper Company. In 2001, American Tissue filed for bankruptcy, which had purchased in 2002 by Fraser Papers of Canada.
On October 3, 2006, Fraser Papers announced the closing of Berlin’s pulp mill, but most unemployed were moved to other mills in the area. As a result, the population has decreased and is about half its peak of more than 20,000 in the 1930 census. In 1917, the Berlin Mills Company, because of World War I and anti-German feeling against the enemy, went into receivership. The company was bought and sold with governmental help after World War II, and it was bought by Fraser papers in 2002. In 2013, the company was purchased and sold again, but it stopped paying city taxes before it had to go into bankruptcy again. In 2015, the paper mill was purchased by Fraser Paper Company, which bought the city and sold it for $1.5 million. In 2016, the pulp mill was sold for $2.2 million, and in 2017, the city was bought for $3 million. The mill was closed in 2017. In the early 20th century, Berlin’s main industry was the pulp and Paper industries, which have been in a long decline since that time. The town’s population has declined about half, and as a result of the decline, the area has lost about half of its peak in 1930 census figures. In 2007, the number of people living in Berlin was about 10,000. In 2009, the town had a population of 9,500.