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Conneaut Lake in Crawford County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Ice Industry and the Ice Houses

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel, June 20, 2014
1. The Ice Industry and the Ice Houses Marker
Inscription. Just east of Ice House Park stood two large wooden structures to store ice harvested from the lake during the winter. Inclined wooden ramps led from the frozen lake to storage within the buildings whose walls were 12 inches thick and filled with sawdust. Packed in additional sawdust for insulation, the ice was preserved through the summer. Storage capacity was approximately 12,000 tons. Ice was shipped by railroad throughout the eastern United States to markets that included Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and east as far as New York City. Conneaut Lake ice was known for its purity.

The Conneaut Lake Ice Company was founded in 1880 at the end of the canal era, and as railroads were becoming a dominate method of transportation. Ice harvesting, storage, and shipping was an important business for Evansburg, now Conneaut Lake Borough, employing 200 men in the winter and 100 during the summer. The Meadville and Linesville Railroad transported 100,000 tons annually from Conneaut Lake.

The business flourished until the 1920's when electric refrigeration replaced blocks of ice. The last ice was harvested for the Conneaut Lake Ice Company in 1929.
 
Location. 41° 36.201′ N, 80° 18.044′ W. Marker is in Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania, in Crawford County.
The Ice Industry and the Ice Houses Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, June 20, 2014
2. The Ice Industry and the Ice Houses Marker
Marker can be reached from Grand Army of Republic Highway (U.S. 6). Touch for map. This marker and 2 others are located in Ice House Park in Conneaut Lake Borough. Marker is in this post office area: Conneaut Lake PA 16316, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Railroads (within shouting distance of this marker); Geology (within shouting distance of this marker); Conneaut Reservoir (approx. half a mile away but has been reported missing); Erie Extension Canal (approx. 4.3 miles away); a different marker also named Erie Extension Canal (approx. 5.1 miles away); French Creek Feeder (approx. 6.8 miles away); Meadville (approx. 7.8 miles away); Desegregation of Pennsylvania Schools (approx. 7.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Conneaut Lake.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 20, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 272 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 20, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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