Unique Tradition Leads Ice House To Replace Dock

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A dockless Ice House awaits construction on a new deck. The old deck was removed to replace bricks that had been broken by the traditional smashing of beer bottles.

After nearly 40 years of smashing bottles underneath its boards, The Ice House is replacing its famous loading dock.

The nationally recognized institution, which got its name by being the first place in the Yankton area to artificially produce ice in 1928, was named one of America’s best dive bars by Esquire magazine and was also featured on "The Late Show with David Letterman."

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