In the days before electric refrigeration, Saratoga Springs was a hotspot for the coldest of industries. Each winter, the ice that formed on Loughberry, Geyser and Granite lakes was “harvested,” and 250-pound ice “cakes” were then sold throughout Saratoga and as far south as New York City.
In fact, in the mid-to-late 1800s, the ice harvested from the upper Hudson River and surrounding lakes supplied the ice for most of the Eastern US. In the 1920s, Saratoga’s ice trade melted away with the advent of electric refrigeration, and the Saratoga Ice Company, the last remaining operator of its kind, was purchased by Stewart’s Shops’ founding brothers, Percy Dake and Charles Dake, who began making and selling artificial ice.
By the Numbers: Saratoga Winter
0 Number of official weather stations in Saratoga Springs
63 Average snowfall, in inches, Saratoga sees each year
35 Inches of snow that covered Saratoga on December 17, 2020
1,500 Tons of salt used during said December 17, 2020 snow event
58 Inches of snow that covered Saratoga on March 12, 1888
400 People who died in the Blizzard of 1888
24 Number of snowplows that service 366 miles of county roads in Saratoga County
15 Weight of one snowplow in elephants
18 Maximum tons of salt a Saratoga County snowplow can carry
1,000 Tons of salt used per “snow event” in Saratoga County, on average