Vacated Rand Yard Ice House

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Vacated Rand Yard Ice House

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Rand Yard Ice House


Sanford (Fla.)
Ice industry--United States


Rand Yard Ice House, located on Rand Yard Road in Sanford, Florida in 2003. The ice plant was built in 1926 by the Mountain Ice Company of Chicago, had a 700 ton storage capacity, operated 24 hours a day, ranked second in the U.S. for ice production, and was once Seminole County's largest building for somet time. During the late-1800s, individual ice factories were comprised of a machine room, boiler room, ice store, loading platforms, and other office space. Large cans were used to mold the ice. When ice was needed, workers would operate a crane system to carry the ice block into a warm water bath where the ice could be removed from the reusable can. Although working at an ice plant was known as dangerous and hard work, employees enjoyed a steady well paid job. By 1928, the Rand Yard Ice House employed 73 African-American workers.


Original black and white photograph published by EYESEEIMAGES: Sanford Museum, Sanford, Florida.



Date Created

ca. 2003

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Digital reproduction of original black and white photograph published by EYESEEIMAGES.

Is Part Of

Sanford Museum, Sanford, Florida.
Ice Houses of Sanford Collection, Sanford Collection, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

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1 black and white photograph




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Sanford, Florida

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28.801031, -81.274659

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SS.K.A.1.2; SS.K.G.2.1; SS.1.A.1.1; SS.1.A.2.2; SS.1.E.1.4; SS.1.G.1.5; SS.2.A.1.1; SS.2.G.1.2; SS.3.A.1.1; SS.3.G.1.1; SS.3.G.2.6; SS.4.A.1.1; SS.4.E.1.2; SS.5.A.1.1; SS.5.G.1.4; SS.6.W.1.3; SS.7.G.2.3; SS.8.A.1.2; SS.8.A.1.5; SS.8.G.4.4; SS.912.A.1.1; SS.912.A.1.4; SS.912.A.6.15; SS.912.A.7.12; SS.912.A.7.17; SS.912.G.1.2; SS.912.G.1.4; SS.912.G.2.1; SS.912.W.1.3; SS.912.W.1.6


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Originally published by EYESEEIMAGES .

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Copyright to this resource is held by the EYESEEIMAGES and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

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Cepero, Laura

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External Reference

Flewellyn, Valada S. African Americans of Sanford. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub, 2009.
Wallis-Tayler, Alexander James. Refrigeration, Cold Storage and Ice-making: A Practical Treatise on the Art and Science of Refrigeration. London: Crosby Lockwood and Son, 1902.
Hiles, Theron L. The Ice Crop, How to Harvest, Store, Ship and Use Ice: A Complete Practical Treatise for Farmers, Dairymen, Ice Dealers, Produce Shippers, Meat Packers, Cold Storers, and All Interested in Ice Houses, Cold Storage and the Handling or Use of Ice in Any Way. New York: Orange Judd Company, 1893.
Sanford Historical Society, Inc. Sanford. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2003.

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