Berlin, New Hampshire

The City of Berlin is located along the Androscoggin River in northern New Hampshire, on the fringes of the White Mountains. Berlin's economy was largely shaped by the logging and paper industries, earning it the nickname, "The City That Trees Built." Today, those industries are much reduced, and economic development for Berlin's population of just over 10,000 has focused on health care and corrections facilities. The largest manufacturer is Isaccson Steel, established in 1962. Berlin is also home to White Mountains Community College, and incorporates a portion of the White Mountain National Forest, a 784,505-acre federally-managed forest which includes 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

Although first established as a land grant in 1771, Berlin was officially settled in 1781 as Maynesborough. Farming was the initial occupation, but records indicate the first sawmill was built in the 1820s. In 1829, the town was incorporated and renamed by settlers from Berlin, Massachusetts. In the early 1850s, the St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad came through, and H. Winslow & Company established a sawmill at the Berlin Falls. In 1868, the mill was acquired by William Wentworth Brown and Lewis T. Brown, who renamed it the Berlin Mills Company. Other pulp and paper companies followed, such as the Forest Fiber Company, Glen Manufacturing Company, and the White Mountain Pulp & Paper Company. Immigrants from northern Europe and Quebec arrived to work in the mills, and by the early 20th century, Berlin was the world's largest producer of newsprint. The Berlin Mills Company was renamed the Brown Company in 1917, and underwent several changes of ownership before being acquired by the James River Corporation. Today, most of the mills have closed, but some redevelopment is planned, including converting a recovery boiler from Fraser Paper into a biomass plant. A federal correctional facility is also expected to open in 2011.

Berlin's history of manufacturing has made exposure to asbestos, and risk of mesothelioma, of ongoing concern. Mesothelioma clinics in and around Berlin are listed at the bottom of this page. Asbestos attorneys may also be able to assist you if you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos in Berlin.

Jobsites in Berlin where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

A number of jobsites in Berlin, NH have been identified as harboring asbestos containing materials. These sites, at one point in their history, were known to have exposed a variety of tradesmen to asbestos. We will be documenting in more detail how asbestos exposure occurred at these sites in the future on this web site.

  • Bargers Sulphite Fibre Company
  • Berlin Mills - Cascade Plant
  • Berlin Mills - Riverside Plant
  • Berlin Paper Mill
  • Brown Paper Company
  • Brown Paper Company - Burgess Mill
  • Brown Paper Company - Cascade Mill
  • Glen Mill
  • International Paper Company
  • James River Pulp & Paper Company
  • Northeast Constructors
  • Pulp and Paper America

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers Near Berlin, NH

For your convenience we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located within a 100 mile radius of Berlin, NH. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered, professional designations, areas of expertise and how to contact the center.


Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Barbara E. Rubin Building
One Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, NH 03756

Distance: 72.9 miles


Thoracic (Lung) Oncology Center
100 Campus Drive
Suite 102
Scarborough, ME 04074

Distance: 74.2 miles


University of Vermont College of Medicine
89 Beaumont Avenue
Burlington, VT 05405

Distance: 95.4 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors Near Berlin, NH

For your convenience we have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors who are located within a 100 mile radius of Berlin, NH. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations and office locations.

Dr. Cherie P. Erkmen
Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
One Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, NH 03756

Distance: 72.9 miles

Dr. Claire Verschraegen
Vermont Regional Cancer Center
Hematology/Oncology Division, UVM Given College of Medicine Building
89 Beaumont Avenue, Suite E-214
Burlington, VT 05405

Distance: 95.4 miles

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