Contributed by Yarmouth Historical Society
Forest Paper Co.'s production of soda pulp for paper making left a byproduct known as black ash, a substance that began as black liquor created from dissolved wood components that was then evaporated into a molasses like consistency. After it was burned at a high temperature in a rotary furnace, the molasses charred up and turned to black ash.
At the turn of the century, Forest Paper Company acquired Shaw's Grove and deposited much of the ash there. In some spots, like this one, the black ash was over 20 feet deep.
About This Item
- Title: Black ash landfill, Yarmouth, ca. 1900
- Creation Date: circa 1900
- Subject Date: circa 1900
- Local Name: Third Falls
- Town: Yarmouth
- County: Cumberland
- State: ME
- Media: Photographic print
- Dimensions: 7 cm x 11 cm
- Local Code: 1994.9.177
- Object Type: Image
Cross Reference Searches
Standardized Subject Headings
- Paper industry--Maine--Yarmouth
- Pulp mills--Maine--Yarmouth
- Lumber industry--Maine--Yarmouth
- Forest Paper Company (Yarmouth, Me.)
- Hazardous wastes
- Refuse disposal
- Black Ash
- Elm Street
- Royal River
For more information about this item, contact:Yarmouth Historical Society
118 East Elm St., PO Box 107, Yarmouth, ME 04096
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