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Oswego in Oswego County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

River Industries

A Place of Industry

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, July 22, 2015
1. River Industries Marker
Inscription.
Oswego offered close proximity to raw materials from the interior, a water route to markets of the world, and water power. These assets caused the river banks to become lined with factories, warehouses, and storage buildings. Materials were transferred, products were manufactured, and Oswego merchants prospered.

Factories
The Kingsford starch works occupied a large area south of West Albany Street and employed hundreds of people. The rooftop bell that called them to work is now located in Breitbeck Park.

Four Centuries of Waterfront Industry
Over time the materials, products, and modes of transportation changed, but the importance of the river and harbor has been the common factor. By 1820, Oswego was the leading distribution center for Salina salt. Innovations in ship propulsion were launched from the harbor, and products are distributed from Oswego around the world.

Elevators
Grain was shipped to Oswego from the mid-west, stored in grain elevators for distribution inland, and manufactured into flour by riverside mills.

Trestles
Coal was carried from Pennsylvania by rail and transferred to ships on huge trestles that extended into the harbor.

Yards
Lumbers was milled, exported, and imported through
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By Dale K. Benington, July 22, 2015
2. River Industries Marker
open yards on piers and even an island in the middle of the river.
 
Erected by Seaway Trail, Inc.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway marker series.
 
Location. 43° 27.324′ N, 76° 30.409′ W. Marker is in Oswego, New York, in Oswego County. Marker is on East 1st Street (New York State Route 481) north of East Mohawk Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. This marker is located in the downtown area, on the high ground overlooking the East side of the Oswego River, across the street from the old armory building (157 East 1st Street), along the O & W Railroad Pedestrian Promenade & Bikeway, under a canopy, with seven other Seaway Trail markers. Marker is in this post office area: Oswego NY 13126, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Age of Iron Horses (here, next to this marker); People of the River (a few steps from this marker); Early Shipping (a few steps from this marker); Bicentennial Peace Garden (a few steps from this marker); The Fur Trade (a few steps from this marker); Seaway Trail
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By Dale K. Benington, July 22, 2015
3. River Industries Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of an illustration, showing the Kingsford starch works in Oswego.
(a few steps from this marker); The Oswego Canal (a few steps from this marker); War for Empire (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Oswego.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
River Industries Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 22, 2015
4. River Industries Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of a chart showing the progression of four centuries of waterfront industry in Oswego.
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By Dale K. Benington, July 22, 2015
5. River Industries Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of a photograph showing the lumber yards on the piers in Oswego Harbor.
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By Dale K. Benington, July 22, 2015
6. River Industries Marker
Close-up views, that are displayed on the marker, of photographs showing the railway grain and coal operations at Oswego Harbor.
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By Dale K. Benington, July 22, 2015
7. River Industries Marker
A distant view of the marker (along with the other Seaway Trail markers) looking north along East 1st Street.
River Industries Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 22, 2015
8. River Industries Marker
A distant view of the marker as part of the series of Seaway Trail marker panels that are on display along the O & W Railroad Pedestrian Promenade & Bikeway.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 149 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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