Monthly Image: Barging the Icy Hudson River

Back in the day, the Hudson River would freeze solid enough to supply all the icehouses in the valley that stored a year’s worth of refrigeration. These days, it’s probably a good thing we don’t depend on river ice, because it’s not nearly frozen in mid-January:

Hudson River - barge and ice
Hudson River – barge and ice

That’s Roth Hall at the CIA over on the left, with a Dutchess County Water and Wastewater Authority water tower on St. Andrews Road, about a mile beyond it.

The barge looks like it’s deadheading back to NYC after unloading, most likely at the Port of Albany, following the clear channel bulldozed by an earlier and much larger barge.