Fitchburg Steamline Trail

Fitchburg’s paper mills needed power. Originally, this was provided by the water in the Nashua River. Later a central steam plant was constructed. It provided steam to a number of mills. A pipeline carried the steam from the plant to the individual mills. The steam plant was torn down a few years back, but the steamline remains. There is a trail that you can walk along the steam line. It runs about a kilometer or so. It’s interesting because big loops were inserted into the line in order to help account for expansion. A set of plaques tell the history of the steamline and the paper mills.

These are the last of my photos from Fitchburg. I plan to go back and make more. We’ve had some rather snowy weather here in the northeastern US. I am waiting for things to clear up a bit and perhaps a bit of greenery to come out.

16 thoughts on “Fitchburg Steamline Trail

  1. Miss Gentileschi

    Oh! These look so interesting! My first thought was that the loop reminded me of that game I used to play as a child where you try not to touch the loops with the stick going along it. Do you know it? The photos look awesome, very dramatic especially in b/w. Would make for some great book covers I imagine! Cheers! 😊

  2. Dymoon

    I like a lot of what you do… but that big loop of rusting pipe was like an early morning bouquet of fresh flowers and an ice coffee to start my day.. you are a charmer !!

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Wow, thank you so much. I am glad you enjoyed it. To me, this represents the merging of utility and art. I’m sure there were less elegant ways to handle expansion but this was by far the best. Cheers!

  3. Les

    Your Images of what used to be are interesting. It’s what I enjoy. Instead of Paper Mills around here, there are a number of buildings left over from the era of Knitting Mills that once produced under-ware, socks, gloves, etc. Just the old buildings survive. Nothing is made there anymore. Can’t remember if I made a Post about these or not. I’ll take a look.

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      That would be interesting to see, also. We have old cotten and woolen mills in some other nearby cities and they have been rehabbed and made into office space, schools and other facilities. Cheers!

  4. dunelight

    Fascinating. There was a rather large paper mill on our waterfront on Lake Muskegon. They have been dismantling it since 2013 and soon there will be luxury condos. The site has a deep water port with easy access to Lake Michigan and hence, the St. Lawrence Sea Way and the world beyond. Should make for interesting watching.


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