In the 1940s, before the advent of the electric fridge, two men brought their horses and a sleigh to Columbia Lake, where thick blocks of ice were being collected for the preservation of edibles in ice houses, a common outbuilding for homes of that era. Through passive cooling, the ice houses kept the ice blocks cool enough to last all summer. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com . Photo A1429 courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

In the 1940s, before the advent of the electric fridge, two men brought their horses and a sleigh to Columbia Lake, where thick blocks of ice were being collected for the preservation of edibles in ice houses, a common outbuilding for homes of that era. Through passive cooling, the ice houses kept the ice blocks cool enough to last all summer. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@cv-pioneer.com . Photo A1429 courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society