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Railroads Help Put the Ice in New Hampshire’s Nice

New Hampshire, famous for its snow-capped White Mountains, is a winter wonderland which is why it should come as no surprise that it was once the home of the world’s largest ice house, the Fresh Fish Pond Ice Company. Operated on the shores of Lake Potanipo in Brookline, New Hampshire from 1890 to 1935, the company used railroads to move 20-40 rail cars of ice daily from its storage facility to Boston during the summer months. Today, modern refrigeration has replaced ice houses, but railroads continue to move perishable goods—including Stonyfield Farm yogurt—for New Hampshire businesses.