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Category: Economics, Industry, Ice

Historical Items

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Item 9369

Shipments of Ice, 1874-1884

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1884 Media: Ink on paper

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Item 10614

Ice harvesting on the Kennebec, 1910

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1910-02-02 Media: Postcard

Item 13740

Watkins' Ice House, ca. 1920

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1920 Media: Photographic print

Exhibits

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Exhibit

Student Exhibit: Ice Harvesting

Ice Harvesting was a big industry on the Kennebec River. Several million tons of ice could be harvested in a few weeks. In 1886 the Kennebec River topped the million ton on ice production.

Exhibit

Ice: A Maine Commodity

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.