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Map of ice houses along the Kennebec River, 1891

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Map of ice houses along the Kennebec River, 1891 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 7, page 216.

An 1891 map of the Kennebec River showing the location and capacity (in tons) of ice houses along the river. The map was published in the Ice Trade Journal, 1891.

By the mid-1800s, Maine was the nation's leading ice supplier. Ice harvested from the Kennebec was considered to be clean, pure, and of the highest quality. It was used in many homes, especially in the south, for refrigeration.