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Moving the Potsdam Depot in Potsdam

Moving the Potsdam Depot in Potsdam

The Potsdam Depot had been scheduled for demolition when the partial bypass of downtown Potsdam was constructed. Public pressure resulted in a successful effort to move and preserve the Spanish Revival Style structure, which is now the home of an Italian restaurant, Mama Lucia’s, a few hundred feet from its original location. 1980. Potsdam, NY.

Blacksmiths at Work

Blacksmiths at Work

Blacksmiths work with their hands, creating horse shoes, wheels and other iron based objects for everyday use. This next series of images portrays the various blacksmith stores and smiths all over the North Country.

Delivering Milk in the North Country

The milk industry has reach in various areas from cheese, to yoghurt to just pure calcium goodness. The delivery systems needed to get milk to households all over the North Country has evolved over time. From horse drawn systems to trucks, milk makes its way around the North Country in these series of images.

North Country Barbershops

Everybody needs a haircut every now and then. These pictures give a little look into barbershops all over the North Country.

Serving a customer at the Elks Lodge bar in Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh at Work: audio stories from Clinton County

The North Country at Work team visited Plattsburgh in early April of 2019, teaming up with the Clinton County Historical Association to collect work stories from around the region. Here are some of the stories and photos we scanned and recorded, from yarn-making in Chazy to metal fabrication in Champlain to teaching psych in Plattsburgh.

Workers on the packaging line at Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories in Rouses Point

Inside and outside Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories in Rouses Point

Inside and outside Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories in Rouses Points, a factory that made a number of different medicines and pills. The factory was later bought by Pfizer, and the Rouses Point plant closed for good in 2017. Photos courtesy of the Rouses Point-Champlain Historical Society.

Aerial Farm Shots

From haying to planting seeds to milking, most farm work is hands-on and on the ground. Change it up and check out the view from above with these aerial photos of farms & homesteads from around the North Country.

Tending Bar in the North Country

Industries vary wildly in the North Country, from logging to to mining to farming. But whether it’s a tourist town or a port, there’s a good chance it has at least one bar. Here’s a collection of bartenders throughout the region, whether they’re serving up the hard stuff or some soda pop.