Re: Harvesting Ice from a Lake

Thomas Evans

Ice harvesting & ice houses were also common on western lines before mechanical ice-making became common, especially with all the fruits & vegetables being shipped east from California.

The Santa Fe had a branch from Las Vegas NM up to Montezuma Hot Springs.  Although it started to serve a resort, its main commodity was ice harvested from a series of ponds each winter for several decades & shipped all over the western lines of the Santa Fe.  Natural ice was probably hard to come by along the Santa Fe's desert lines, so this high-altitude shady location may have been one of the few places to get it.  A few of us have been investigating this operation over on the Santa Fe site recently.


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