Oswego in Oswego County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Age of Iron Horses
The Railroad Arrives
The railroad overtook the river and canal as the major mode of transport to and from the interior. The river banks and waterfront were dominated by tracks, bridges, and coal trestles. Coal, grain, lumber, and people now moved through the city by rail, but the harbor was still the place where passengers and freight were transferred to lake vessels.
People and Cargo
An engine pulls up to the O & W passenger station.
Ships docked at the coal pier where coal is loaded into ships from rail cars.
A Direct Connection
The New York, Ontario, and Western Railroad connected New York City with Oswego, and the trestle allowed a connection to the rail system that continued to the west.
The Trestle and Tunnel
The trestle and tunnel that you can see on the other side of the road are still working to connect east with west, now for pedestrians.
The railroad was an important means of transport for passengers as well as freight. People could not only travel from New York to Oswego, but they could also board a steamer for the lake and St. Lawrence River resorts.
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° 30.411′ 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. River Industries (here, next to this marker); Early Shipping (a few steps from this marker); People of the River (a few steps from this marker); The Oswego Canal (a few steps from this marker); The Fur Trade (a few steps from this marker); Bicentennial Peace Garden (a few steps from this marker); Seaway Trail (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 • Railroads & Streetcars •
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