I was flipping through Maine Speaks:An Anthology of Maine Literature and came across the essay "Kennebec Crystals." Excerpted from Robert P.T. Coffin's book The Kennebec:Cradle of Americans, the essay is a wonderfully written retrospective of the ice industry in Maine. I heartily recommend it.
Until you can get your paws on the essay, though, I recommend you watch the video entitled "White Gold," MPBN' s succinct history of the ice industry in Maine.
- John C.L. Morgan