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Concrete block houses in Mineville.  Photo: Andy Flynn
Concrete block houses in Mineville. Photo: Andy Flynn

Adirondack Attic: iron ore tailings as a building material

We continue our Adirondack Attic series: curator Laura Rice tells Andy Flynn why an old concrete block from Mineville is one of her favorite artifacts at the Adirondack Museum. The block was made from iron ore tailings and used to build company housing in the early 1900s.  Go to full article
Dannemora prison construction in 1898.
Dannemora prison construction in 1898.

Adirondack Attic: an industry inside a prison

In the 19th century, iron mining was the main operation at the Dannemora Correctional Facility, with three main mines scattered within the structure's walls. The mines provided employment for the convicts and earned the region the nickname, "Little Siberia." Inmates also helped with prison construction and renovations. Coming up on the next Adirondack Attic, Andy Flynn and Adirondack Museum chief curator Laura Rice examine a photo taken during prison construction in the late 1800's.  Go to full article

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