Photo by Jim Massey
This ice castle has been standing proud in downtown Eagle River since earlier this year. The 30-foot-tall by 25-by-30-foot ice castle was built with 2,100 blocks of ice by the Eagle River Area Volunteer Fire Department and other volunteers. The volunteers use an ice saw and a conveyor system to get the ice blocks from Silver Lake to a pickup truck, then deliver them to the construction site. Depending on the weather, the ice castle normally stands until mid-February, when the remains are taken down. The community’s first ice castle was built in 1933.