New Hampshire has many charming small towns. Berlin, nestled just north of the white mountains, started as a logging town and is now a charming rustic gateway to some of New Hampshire’s most beautiful areas.
The town is, and has always been, built along the river. The Androscoggin river runs through town, dropping 300 feet in elevation in a series of dams throughout Berlin. Today, the river is a beautiful area to look at, but during Berlin's heyday the river was an essential business tool.
Berlin was settled in 1829, but the town remained a quiet farming village until the early 1850s, when advances in the turbine engine and the arrival of the railroad turned the city into a logging powerhouse.
Engineering businessmen realized that with the powerful river dropping in elevation and easy access to timber and the railroad, Berlin would make the perfect place for a sawmill. Eventually, the town became known for paper and pulp manufacturing.
With the advent of electricity, the dams on the river were tapped for hydroelectric power, something that they are still used for today.
However, Berlin has also become a beautiful town for tourists looking to drive through the White Mountains and into the Great North Woods of New Hampshire. Check out this video of the town, which will make your heart fall in love with this charming and important New Hampshire town.