Sandusky: Ice Capital of the Great Lakes

Jan 30, 2013


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.



The Bizness

That old ice box technology can actually be more efficient as modern day refrigeration. My friend who is building a homestead in Missouri uses his frozen ponds ice to refrigerate. He is building his ice box using straw, mud, corn cobs, and wood. Pretty amazing.


If I heard it right- ( in Sandusky) they could store ice for 2 years with minimal shrinkage by using sawdust.


The ice on the Bay melted last night. Bummer. If it's back for the weekend, it won't be very think.

The event should have been last weekend.