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Exhibit: Industry : Ice

Ice harvesting on the Kennebec River, ca. 1900

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Ice harvesting on the Kennebec River, ca. 1900 / Maine Historical Society

The Kennebec River was one of the major sites for ice harvesting. Maine exported about 1 million tons of ice yearly to southern cities in the last decades of the 19th century. Ice was big business, employing about 9,000 people -- and 3,000 horses -- in the last decade of the nineteenth century.

The ice industry provides a fascinating insight into technology, both the changing equipment and methods that aided ice harvesting, and the advent of electricity that helped make ice harvesting obsolete.

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