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Boom Piers

Route 16
Berlin, NH

Marker Number: 159
Name and date established: Unknown

Description: The small man-made 'islands' in the river were used to secure a chain of boom logs which divided the Androscoggin River during the colorful and dramatic annual log drives, when the Brown Paper Company and the International Paper Company shared the river from the forests far upriver to the mills at Berlin. The logs were stamped on the ends with a marking hammer to identify their ownership, and they were sorted at a 'sorting gap' further upriver. The log drives ended in 1963. The old piers continue to serve as a reminder of North Country heritage.

Location: located on the east side of Route 16 north of town but south of the Northland Dairy Bar, beside the Androscoggin River in Berlin, NH