Sunday, December 5, 2010

Adirondack Stats: Ice Harvesting

Amount of ice per year consumed by New Yorkers in 1850: 300,000 tons

Amount of ice consumed per person in American cities in 1880: 2/3 of a ton

Months during which ice was typically harvested: January, February, and sometimes March

Minimum favorable thickness of ice at harvest time: 10-12 inches

Approximate number of men employed harvesting ice from Lake Champlain in 1890: 5,000

Approximate amount of “natural ice” harvested each year in the 1920s by the Meagher Ice Company of Saranac Lake: 10,000 tons

Tons of ice harvested in 1932 by the Lake George Ice Company for use by the Delaware and Hudson Railroad: 20,000 tons

Decade in which the Adirondack ice industry came to an end: 1930s

Approximate number of ice blocks harvested by Jim Dillon (owner of Raquette Lake Supply Co.) and about two dozen volunteers in 2009: 1,000

Year in which New Bremen began harvesting ice again: 1964 (their ice house was built in 1971)

Cost of an 18-inch square block of New Bremen ice: $4.00

Sources: Tissot’s Adirondack Ice

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