- Bram van Munster
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In the earliest days of the pioneer era there were NO refrigerators, and the delivery of ice hadn't yet started up properly. If they were lucky, maybe once or twice a year a small batch of ice was delivered to keep things cold for just a couple of days.
Undoubtedly, they had perishable goods too, that couldn't be dried, smoked or kept well in other ways. You can think of bread for instance, how long does that last? Preparing in advance for a get-together was also a problem a few times per year, and of course in summer everyone loved their drinks cold.
Something needed to be done! The only source of cold, was the water from the flowing creeks or rivers nearby, but if you get a bucket of cold water home, it would be half way warmed up before you got there.
Behold, the Spring House was invented, which is basically a house / cabin place over or in a creek. The flowing water kept the inside of the spring house cool, and perishables kept at the same temperature of the water. That meant that in early spring or late fall things could even be almost frozen!
Pretty nifty eh?