Post by David Sechrest on Sept 21, 2013 10:29:05 GMT -5
From The Evening Republican, April 6, 1891:
The Columbus Ice Plant
The mammoth tank at the ice plant, in which the freezing is done, has been riveted together and placed in position. It is 29 feet wide, 29 feet long and 3 feet deep, holding about 475 barrels of water. In this tank there is to be dissolved 80 barrels of salt, thus making a strong brine into which the ice molds, filled with purified, filtered and distilled water, are inserted for making the ice. No chemicals whatever come in contact with the water from which the ice is made, in fact, the only chemical that is used is aqua ammonia (commonly called hartshorn), which flows through a system of piping in this tank. The Ruddick Artificial Ice Company promise our readers a more thorough explanation of the manufacture of ice as soon as their plant is in successful operation, which they think will be by April 15th. Thus far they have received and placed in position between six and seven car loads of machinery. There are two or three more cars yet to arrive. Hundreds visited the plant yesterday.
*Some of us "old timers" will recall when railroad tracks cut a swath across the northern boundary of our downtown, between 14th and 15 Streets, from Washington Street east to Wilson, then turning northeast. The Ruddick Artificial Ice Plant was situated just north of the tracks between Lafayette (Mechanics) St. and Pearl St. The Ruddick Artificial Ice plant was the first Columbus business to manufacture ice. Up to this time, ice was cut and harvested from the White River during the winter months, and stored as long as it lasted.
David Sechrest Historic Columbus Indiana Progress should not ignore its roots and pillage our heritage in the process. Cultural, social, and historical should be part of the process, for it is the path and not the destination that is important - S. Givens