The Coldest Harvest

More than a century ago, ice cut from rivers and ponds was a cash crop

Ice marker
The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs, Kan., exhibits several ice harvesting implements donated by descendants of George W. Lentz, New Point, Mo. They include this horse-drawn ice marker with 11 cutting teeth, each tooth a little longer than the one in front of it, used to cut the ice to a depth of about 3 inches.