Asbestos was used in just about every aspect of the construction process from the 1850s to the late 1970s. This is true in Boston, and it also true throughout the United States and Western Europe. There are a lot of reasons that asbestos was used so heavily beginning with the Industrial Revolution, but that was not the first time asbestos was used.
What many people may not realize is that humans have used asbestos for thousands of years. This is because asbestos is not a manmade product, but rather a naturally occurring element. Yes, it is true that it was often mined and refined into many consumer products, but it was also used in its natural state. Continue reading