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Ice scraping, Bowdoinham, ca. 1895

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Ice scraping, Bowdoinham, ca. 1895

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Teams of horses scraping the ice off of the Kennebec River near Bowdoinham.

In 1891 there were 8,800 men working the ice in Maine and 3,000 horses.

The horses and their owners received pay. Very few accidents were ever reported of teams or men being lost to drowning during these ice cutting operations.

Maine exported about 1 million tons of ice to southern U.S. cities during the last decade of the 19th century.

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  • Title: Ice scraping, Bowdoinham, ca. 1895
  • Creator: Litchfield Photo
  • Creation Date: circa 1895
  • Subject Date: circa 1895
  • Town: Bowdoinham
  • County: Sagadahoc
  • State: ME
  • Media: Black and white photograph
  • Dimensions (cm): 12 x 17
  • Local Code: Coll. 1957
  • Object Type: Image

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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822
http://www.mainehistory.org

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