Buena Vista Ice Company (Ft. Richie)

Buena Vista Ice Company (Ft. Richie) (HM1S95)

Location: Highfield-Cascade, MD 21719 Washington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 42.559', W 77° 29.699'

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The Ice Lakes

Until the mid-1920s, the Buena Vista Ice Company of Germantown (now Cascade), Maryland, was located on this site for the harvesting of natural ice used to preserve produce and dairy products during shipment. It was one of its kind on the East Coast.

From December to February, the ice in the center of the lake was measured daily. When it reached a thickness of at least eight inches, a loud steam whistle summoned workers from the mountain.

Through snow drifts and over ice-rutted dirt roads, 50 to 100 hardy men cane to the lake. They worked from dawn to dusk for $1.35 to $1,75 a day. The ice was stored in eleven wooden ice houses, each capable of holding 32,000 pounds of ice for up to three years.

In 1926, the Maryland National Guard selected this area for the building of a summer training camp (Camp Albert C. Richie) and the Buena Vista Ice Company passed into the pages of local history.
HM NumberHM1S95
Series This marker is part of the series
Historical Period20th Century
Historical PlaceSmall Business
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleMounted
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 at 8:10am PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] DOUGLAS MOWEN  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 286116 N 4398471
Decimal Degrees39.70931667, -77.49498333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 42.559', W 77° 29.699'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 42' 33.54" N, 77° 29' 41.94" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)301, 240
Can be seen from road?No
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 14324 Lake Royer Dr, Highfield-Cascade MD 21719, US
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