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The Coolest Business: Harvesting Ice in Oshkosh

9:25 PM, Jan. 20, 2013
An ice storage and processing warehouse.
An ice storage and processing warehouse.
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"Thousands of tons of congealed moisture will be stored away in the great houses to be carefully guarded until the roasting summer sun shall drive men to drink, and shall drive women with hair that has not a natural curl, to desperation..." The Weekly Northwestern, Dec. 24, 1898

Ice touched everyone's life. It was more than a way to keep food cold: ice was a commercial business. The product was supplied to homes and businesses and exported widely. Ice was money, and Oshkosh was at the heart of the industry. During the winter, Oshkosh's ice companies put up about 3,000 tons of lake ice every day, ...

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