Keywords: ice harvesting
Maine's frozen rivers and lakes provided an economic opportunity. The state shipped thousands of tons of ice to ports along the East Coast and to the West Indies that workers had cut and packed in sawdust for shipment or later use.
Workers in Maine have labored in factories, on farms, in the woods, on the water, among other locales. Many of Maine's occupations have been determined by the state's climate and geographical features.
In the early 1600s, French explorers and colonizers in the New World quickly adopted a Native American mode of transportation to get around during the harsh winter months: the snowshoe. Most Northern societies had some form of snowshoe, but the Native Americans turned it into a highly functional item. French settlers named snowshoes "raquettes" because they resembled the tennis racket then in use.
Ice harvesting and storage for summer use was prevalent through the land. In Hallowell the Moore family operated and ice business for several…
Ice harvesting, Cascade Pond, Hallowell, ca. 1930Item Contributed byHubbard Free Library When they cut the blocks of ice, people stored it until…