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Sandusky: Ice Capital of the Great Lakes

Anonymous • Jan 30, 2013 at 11:14 AM

This week on the Ohio's Yesterdays blog, we learn about Sandusky's days at the "Ice Capital of the Great Lakes."

According to the blog, "Sandusky, Ohio, was the largest ice producer west of New York City during the latter half of the 19th century. Noted for its solid, 'crystal blue, clear as glass' ice, the city became known as the 'Ice Capital of the Great Lakes.' Icemen eagerly watched the waters of Lake Erie until they froze to a depth of 8 to 16 inches. For as long as "good ice makin' weather" held, Sanduskians endured ten-hour days of harsh winds and frigid temperatures for a daily wage of $2."

Keep reading HERE.

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