Harvesting the River
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an ice wagon
Ice Wagon
Photograph courtesy Henry Public Library, Henry, Illinois.
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Commercial ice was a smaller, but very important industry to many businesses on the river, from commercial fishing and duck hunting to breweries and dairies. Learn about the tools and techniques for harvesting ice. Find out how natural and manufactured ice was harvested and used by seeing vintage photographs of ice cutting and ice houses, watching early films of a harvest, and hearing river people tell about their experiences.
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