Old Address: 45 East Pine Street
Other names: Boyce and Roberson Ice House
45 East Pine Street was the site of an enormous ice house owned by Boyce and Roberson. An inclined ramp for hauling ice up into the building extended out into the pond. This property comes with a quit-claim deed for ice-harvesting rights over a large fan-shaped expanse of Moody Pond. After refrigeration came into use, and sometime after 1940, the ice house became derelict and was torn down, but the concrete edge of the footing can still be seen in the lawn, and defines its enormous dimensions. The building apparently had no slab, so that water from the melting ice could seep into the ground.
The ice in the photographs was 10 to 15 inches thick, and was cut at temperatures between zero and ten below zero. About five thousand tons of ice was cut in 1940, about half of which would be lost to melting.
- William Kollecker, brief historic film footage of the ice house in operation, in the Adirondack Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library.
- "Harvesting Ice at Saranac," Syracuse Sunday Post-Standard, February 25, 1940.
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