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Torn-Down Tuesday: Buffalo's ice harvesting industry

By: Steve Chichon

A nearly forgotten great industry of Buffalo and Western New York’s past was borne of a natural resource we have less use for these days.

The harvesting of natural ice was a dangerous endeavor, usually starting in January and hitting full stride in February. In the days before electric refrigeration and the ability to freeze water to make artificial ice, the cutting, moving, and storage of ice was important for industry and public health.

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