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Harvesting Ice from a Lake

rwitt_2000
 

Four photos of workmen harvesting ice from a ,lake. 

https://digitalcollections.detroitpubliclibrary.org/islandora/object/islandora%3A147968/datastream/IMAGE/view

Caption: Four pictures of men cutting and transporting ice off of lake. Building looks unfinished. One shows ice being loaded on boxcar. Handwritten on mat back: "Ice house 'Lake Station' 1915. Claire County, Mich., P.M.R.R., Cranberry Lake."

There are lots of railroad freight car stuff on this site. Try different search terms.

Bob Witt

Tim O'Connor
 

My hometown of Sterling MA had an ice house on the B&M line, and the ice was harvested from the
local water reservoir ponds. I think this was quite common in the 19th century.

On 9/22/2019 9:04 PM, rwitt_2000 via Groups.Io wrote:
Four photos of workmen harvesting ice from a ,lake.

https://digitalcollections.detroitpubliclibrary.org/islandora/object/islandora%3A147968/datastream/IMAGE/view

Caption: Four pictures of men cutting and transporting ice off of lake. Building looks unfinished. One shows ice being loaded on boxcar. Handwritten on mat back: "Ice house 'Lake Station' 1915. Claire County, Mich., P.M.R.R., Cranberry Lake."

There are lots of railroad freight car stuff on this site. Try different search terms.

Bob Witt
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*Tim O'Connor*
*Sterling, Massachusetts*

Donald B. Valentine
 

If someone is seriously interested in ice harvesting it is still done on one day in February each winter on the pond
at the center of Brookfield, Vermont, the same pond with the floating bridge, using the same equipment that was
used in years past. Many small country towns in Northern New England had an ice house on such ponds, especially
if there were a creamery in town that shipped milk by rail. The foundations of an ice house can even be found on 
Towner's Pond in Melrose, Mass. barely outside of Boston. We had one in Morrisville, VT between the Randolph Rd.
and Ward's Pond that lasted into the 1970's though it had not been used for years. Even the pond is now gone as
it's first purpose was to power Leon Ward's sawmill. After he passed away the dam was breached and a family of
Great Blue Herons that had lived there since I was in grade school lost their habitat. 

The Rutland RR. had a large ice house in ALburgh, VT on the shore of Lake Champlain not far from the site of
the station in Alburgh where ice was cut and stored for years as well as shipped to other railroad owned ice houses
on the line. The conveyor system for moving the ice from the lake to the ice house was quite elaborate, judging from
the blueprints of it that I have.

Cordially, Don Valentine

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.

Tom

Ralph W. Brown
 

Hi Don,
 
Seems to me I’ve a photograph of ice harvesting on one of Maine’s rivers, the Kennebec I think, but I don’t recall where.  I think the photo was taken in the early part of the 20th Century.  I probably have it saved on my computer, but I’ve yet to find it.
 
Pax,
 
 
Ralph Brown
Portland, Maine
PRRT&HS No. 3966
NMRA No. L2532

rbrown51[at]maine[dot]rr[dot]com
 

From: Donald B. Valentine via Groups.Io
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Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Harvesting Ice from a Lake
 
If someone is seriously interested in ice harvesting it is still done on one day in February each winter on the pond
at the center of Brookfield, Vermont, the same pond with the floating bridge, using the same equipment that was
used in years past. Many small country towns in Northern New England had an ice house on such ponds, especially
if there were a creamery in town that shipped milk by rail. The foundations of an ice house can even be found on
Towner's Pond in Melrose, Mass. barely outside of Boston. We had one in Morrisville, VT between the Randolph Rd.
and Ward's Pond that lasted into the 1970's though it had not been used for years. Even the pond is now gone as
it's first purpose was to power Leon Ward's sawmill. After he passed away the dam was breached and a family of
Great Blue Herons that had lived there since I was in grade school lost their habitat.
 
The Rutland RR. had a large ice house in ALburgh, VT on the shore of Lake Champlain not far from the site of
the station in Alburgh where ice was cut and stored for years as well as shipped to other railroad owned ice houses
on the line. The conveyor system for moving the ice from the lake to the ice house was quite elaborate, judging from
the blueprints of it that I have.
 
Cordially, Don Valentine