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Fort Ritchie in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Ice Lakes

 
 
The Ice Lakes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 24, 2017
1. The Ice Lakes Marker
Inscription. Until the mid-1920s, the Buena Vista Ice Company of Germantown (now Cascade), Maryland, was located on this site for the harvesting of natural ice used to preserve produce and dairy products during shipment. It was one of the southernmost operations of its kind on the East Coast.

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 Royer Drive. Touch for map. In front of Lakeside Hall on Fort Ritchie. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14324 Lake Royer Drive, Cascade MD 21719, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
The Ice Lakes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 24, 2017
2. The Ice Lakes Marker
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. mile away); Robert F. Barrick Memorial Library (approx. 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.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Lakeside Hall image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 24, 2017
3. Lakeside Hall
Lake Royer<br>Behind Lakeside Hall image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 24, 2017
4. Lake Royer
Behind Lakeside Hall
The Ice Harvest Lake Royer<br>Diorama at Fort Ritchie Community Center image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 24, 2017
5. The Ice Harvest Lake Royer
Diorama at Fort Ritchie Community Center
The Ice Harvest Lake Royer<br>Diorama at Fort Ritchie Community Center image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 24, 2017
6. The Ice Harvest Lake Royer
Diorama at Fort Ritchie Community Center
Inside an Ice House
 
 
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 96 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.
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