William Coulter, Sue Abbot Jones, Saranac Lake discussed on Morning Edition
Four guys standing on it, and luckily we got them all off in time. Baker says there was talk of canceling the project this winter because of the pandemic. There have been winters during the world wars and the Great Depression when it didn't get built, But his crew wanted to keep the tradition going. More fact, the guy that I took over from, he said, You've got to get the palace built. It's a centerpiece to promote social distancing. Baker and his volunteers kept the design simple. Picture of medieval castle big enough to fill a hockey rink. It turns out, this tradition began because of another deadly disease. Tuberculosis sanatorium devoted to treating tuberculosis opened here in Saranac Lake in the 18 eighties. Historian Caperton T. So says the winter carnival was a way to cheer people up during a cold, dark season. Went right along with their belief that people had to get out in the fresh air was good for them. It was good for curing tuberculosis. That was very much a part of the start of these palaces. The builder of the villages first Ice Palace in 18 98 was a famous architect, A guy named William Coulter, who came here when he caught tuberculosis. After Coulter t. So says the craft needed to build this massive structure passed from generation to generation to build a palace like this. You have to know a lot about ice and how it works. It's a very technical thing to know. On this day. Sue Abbot Jones, a retired school teacher, is one of the volunteers braving the cold carrying buckets of slush up from the lake. I love this weather. I'm a winter person thinks year. I'll do it every day just to get out with people. You know when it's done, the ice palace is illuminated and most years shines at.