Charles Goodyear and Vulcanized Rubber
Vulcanized rubber is one of the most important products in modern life, being used on shoes, car tires, conveyer belts, and a wide assortment of other products – and it all got its start on Montvale Ave. in Woburn, Massachusetts.
Charles Goodyear was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and later found homes in Philadelphia and New York before moving to Woburn, Massachusetts. Throughout the years, he had been fascinated with the process of turning rubber into a more stable product, able to withstand head, cold, and other conditions. Through years of experimentation he had some success, but in 1839, while living in Woburn, he finally figured out the secret to vulcanized rubber. Using a combination of gum, Sulphur, and heat, Goodyear created a weatherproof rubber suitable for a wide range of applications. He was later granted the U.S. Patent for vulcanized rubber.
Woburn, Massachusetts is a residential and industrial suburb of Boston. Conveniently located, it attracts a wide range of businesses and residents to the area. With an esteemed history and long list of notable residents, Woburn has contributed much to the history of Massachusetts, the country, and the world.