Nfld. & Labrador

Iconic Grand Falls-Windsor paper mill stack comes down

The paper mill stack in Grand Falls-Windsor is coming down after standing for almost 100 years.

Stack stood tall for nearly a century

Remnants of the Grand Falls-Windsor mill comes down

6 years ago
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It's the end of an era in Grand Falls-Windsor. The smokestack from the town's mill was being destroyed on Thursday.

The paper mill stack in Grand Falls-Windsor stands no more. 

The iconic stack stood tall for almost 100 years, and on Thursday spectators watched as the stack disappeared. 

Ken Hoefling worked at the mill for 30 years. He said he went down out of curiosity. 

"It's part of the history of the mill, that's all," he said. "It was there for 100 years and now it's gone."

While there were rumours the stack was going to be toppled, Hoefling said blasting the stack wasn't possible.

"I think what I've been told is they can't blast it because [of] the proximity to the dam and where they're both based on bedrock, if they blast this one they could crack the dam," he said.

"So they can't blast for fear it might crack the dam, and then you're in big trouble."

Corey Sharpe went over to view the demolition during his lunch break. 

"It's probably one of the last landmarks to come down — [it's one of] the identifying symbols of the paper mill," he said.

"You could identify Grand Falls from a lot of points up in the country and all through town from the smoke stack."

While the stack helped distinguish the town's look, it held a greater importance to the people. 

"It employed a lot of the community, a lot of spinoff jobs as we all know," Sharpe said.

"It was a bit of a shock when it went, it impacted the town. It was, I guess, one of the first industrialized inland towns in Newfoundland. So it was pretty significant, it was a big endeavour in its day."

With files from Chris Ensing