Posted by: goodcoldwater | September 9, 2009

Dawson, 1900: lack of summer ice

In 1900, Dawson City’s summer berry bounty – and the lack of ice to prolong its freshness – prompted a brief discussion about the merits of an ice plant all the way across the continent in the pages of the New York Times.

Though that summer’s news was about a month old when this article ran on Sept. 26, the writer felt clearly the irony of the need for anything chilly in the cold North.

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(Alas, even after several searches in the Dawson City Museum Archives this summer, I couldn’t locate a photo either of the alleged ice machine stored in a warehouse and providing ice at 5 cents/pound, or of the warehouse involved. But am happy to report the wild raspberries, blueberries and raspberries are still abundant.)

PDF found online at the New York Times free archives.


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