Arkansas December 15, 2017
This Abandoned Arkansas Ice Factory Is Downright Bone Chilling
It’s always a shame to see buildings that were once a symbol of commerce become nothing but a shell of poor economy and changing times. One business that’s been frozen in time is the Home Ice Co. of Magnolia. Let’s take a photo tour of the place that’s been untouched for nearly twenty years.
Here lies the remains of the Home Ice Co.
The once prominent business is located in Magnolia. The place is locked and under surveillance so it's best to stick with our photo tour.
The factory was officially opened on April 16th, 1949.
The manager and part-owner, L.H. Schultz, moved to Magnolia from Texas.
He married his Magnolia sweetheart, Miss Joanne Monzingo.
The ice factory brought together different local businesses for the initial construction.
The brick, tile, and concrete structures were all completed by local contractors.
The ice manufacturing equipment was installed by an engineer from Texarkana.
The factory could produce 30 tons of pure ice a day.
Using brine tanks and ammonia coils to keep the water 15° to 25° below the normal freezing point, the canned water is frozen into commercial ice.
Beyond the initial process, the factory could make quite a few different forms of ice.
Black and crust forms were sold commercially and to independent peddlers. Bagged crushed ice was also available.
Older citizens of Magnolia may remember the Home Ice trucks driving their routes through town.
They may not have carried ice cream but they did sell ice cream freezers, as well as ice refrigerators, cold drink boxes, and drinking fountains.
The building has been abandoned since 2000.
There are no plans for demolition nor renovation. So, for now, Home Ice is stuck frozen in time.
It’s oddly satisfying to peek into these abandoned buildings. Do you remember Home Ice in its glory days? Share your cool stories with us.
For some more reminiscing, do you remember the
ice storm of 2000?