Floating logs on the Black River in Carthage

Logs were floated downriver from as far as Port Leyden and as near as Castorland to Carthage. Depending on the type and quality of the logs, they were sawn out as lumber or turned into pulp. Carthage ice house can be seen on far left, including the chute through which ice was pulled up and into storage. Circa 1890-1910. Carthage, NY. Meyer Collection photo.

Caption info compiled by Lynn Thornton, Laura Prievo, and Harold Sanderson for the Images of America book Around Carthage and West Carthage.

Check out this story from North Country at Work to learn more about the history of Carthage and the Black River.

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