Park Rambles - Indiana County Parks & Trails

Ice Harvest

We snapped this photo at Parker Dam State Park on a trip we made to learn more about the harvesting of ice. Before the days of refrigeration ice was harvested from lakes in the winter time by ice harvesters. After scoring the ice and laying out a grid the ice harvesters began sawing the ice into blocks that were transported from the lake and stored in ice houses for use later in the year. The sign that appears in the foreground was placed in the window of a home to let the ice delivery man know how much ice to deliver (25, 50, 75 or 100 pounds).

Ice was reportedly harvested from the lake at Blue Spruce Park by local residents in the early 1900s.