Type of Work: Extractive and Mining Industries

Cutting ice on a lake in the Adirondacks

Cutting ice on a lake in the Adirondacks

Men use a horse-drawn saw to cut ice on an unidentified lake in the Adirondacks. Note large icehouses in background with conveyors for lifting ice blocks. Circa 1900.

Pliny Miller’s sawmill and grist mill in Saranac Lake

Pliny Miller’s sawmill and grist mill in Saranac Lake

Pliny Miller’s sawmill and grist mill, built in 1827, was in many ways the genesis of Saranac Lake. To run the mill, the first dam on the lake was built, creating a large mill pond. The sawmill provided the lumber for many of the hotels and great camps in Saranac Lake. Date unknown. Saranac Lake, […]

Ice Harvesting on Moody Pond in Saranac Lake

Ice Harvesting on Moody Pond in Saranac Lake

Harvesting ice. The initial raft of ice has been cut into strips that are then reduced to 300-pound cakes,  which are lifted by a conveyor belt into the ice house. February 1940. Saranac Lake, NY. Courtesy of Historic Saranac Lake.