Yellowstone Ice Company of Miles City
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Posted by Karen L. Morris (+2170) 2 years ago
Yet another "find". I came across a vintage ice pick (all metal). The handle indicates it was "Compliments of Yellowstone Ice Co., Miles City, Mont." and the phone number was "87". The two digit phone number makes me believe it existed some time ago. Does anyone know anything about the Yellowstone Ice Company or when it existed? Thanks!







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Posted by Amorette Allison (+12280) 2 years ago
I know they were around 100 years ago because I come across them in Stardust.
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Posted by Karen L. Morris (+2170) 2 years ago
Reply to Amorette Allison (#379045)
Thanks, Amorette! Any idea when we switched from the 2 digit phone numbers?
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Posted by David Laird (+48) 2 years ago
My dad's family operated an ice company in Miles City in the early 1900's. They lived on Yellowstone Ave at the time.
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Posted by Karen L. Morris (+2170) 2 years ago
Reply to David Laird (#379048)
Based upon what Amorette wrote, this may be the same (the timing is close, at any rate). Is there anyone in your family that might know something more? Thanks!
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Posted by David Laird (+48) 2 years ago
I have an aunt in Billings and one in MC that I will reach out to. They might know. This is really cool.
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Posted by Hanson (+2647) 2 years ago
I remember the ice house on Yellowstone in the 40s.
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Posted by David Laird (+48) 2 years ago
That was the one. Dad used to tell stories of cutting ice on the Yellowstone growing up. My sister and I have some of the ice tongs they used to lift the ice off the river. I think it was stored in a building behind the house.
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Posted by Karen L. Morris (+2170) 2 years ago
Reply to David Laird (#379050)
That would be great! Thank you! I enjoy history and even more when it is shared!
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Posted by Wayne White (+259) 2 years ago
I believe the ice house was on the southwest side of town over by the old OK corral, went there with my father, I think it was an old two story frame building that was full of river ice.
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Posted by Berta (+26) one year ago
As kids (maybe '48 or so), we used to follow the ice truck/wagon and pick up pieces that had fallen off. Remember doing this on Pleasant Street. Treats were hard to come by!
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Posted by David Laird (+48) 11 months ago
I received pictures of the ice company my dad's family had. It was not the Yellowstone Ice Company, but was the M.C. Ice Company. Phone number was 93 in one picture and 3B in another.
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Posted by Karen L. Morris (+2170) 11 months ago
Reply to David Laird (#383042)
Can you post the pictures (or some)? It may be a different ice company; however, I would certainly enjoy seeing them. Thanks so much for pursuing this. History is at its best when shared!
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+12280) 11 months ago
Yellowstone Ice company and Miles City were NOT the same. I just mentioned both of them in the 1922 Stardust. One was cutting ice for the NP and the other was cutting in different location for local use.
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Posted by David Laird (+48) 11 months ago
Karen, I will try to post a few this weekend.
Amorette, which company cut ice for the NP?
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Posted by Karen L. Morris (+2170) 11 months ago
Reply to David Laird (#383045)
Thank you! I look forward to seeing them.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+12280) 11 months ago
In 1921 at least, it was the Yellowstone Ice Company who was harvesting for the NP. They may have also harvested for local consumption but that wasn't mentioned in the Star articles.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+18110) 11 months ago
Az a government contractor, I despise acronyms that are not defined.

NP = Northern Pacific, predecssor of the current BNSF railway that runs through town.

BNSF = Burlington Northern Sante Fe.

The only survivor of the Northern Pacific in that acronym is the northern.
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