Fort Ritchie in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Ice Lakes
From December to February , the ice in the center lake was measured daily. When it reached a thickness of at least eight inches, a loud steam whistle summoned workers from the mountain. Through snow drifts and over ice-rutted dirt roads, 50 to 100 hardy men came to the lake. They worked from dawn to dusk for $1.35 to $1.75 a day. The ice was stored in eleven wooden ice houses, each capable of holding 32,000 pounds of ice for up to three years.
In 1926, the Maryland National Guard selected this area for the building of a summer training camp. (Camp Albert C. Ritchie) and the Buena Vista Ice Company passed into the pages of local history.
Location. 39° 42.557′ N, 77° 29.693′ W. Marker is in Fort Ritchie, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from Lake Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14324 Lake Royer Drive, Cascade MD 21719, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. WW II Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); D-Day Anniversary (approx. 0.2 miles away); Military Intelligence Training Center (approx. ¼ mile away); Robert F. Barrick Memorial Library (approx. ¼ mile away); War Returns to South Mountain (approx. 0.9 miles away); Old Trolley Line (approx. one mile away in Pennsylvania); Dr. Henry Harbaugh (approx. 2 miles away in Pennsylvania); Monterey Academy (approx. 2.1 miles away in Pennsylvania). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Ritchie.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 25, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 143 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 25, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.