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Little Falls in Herkimer County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Street Cheese Market

“Little Falls is the Greatest Place for Cheese”

 
 
The Street Cheese Market Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, March 15, 2019
1. The Street Cheese Market Marker
Inscription.  "The farmers bring in that article of consumption every Monday and so great is the rush that the police of the place are on duty all the time to preserve order and keep the streets free from obstruction. The cheese is shipped from here to New York and thence by vessels to the European markets. The people in the suburbs are wealthy and live in fine residences and in a luxurious manner, all from cheese." Poughkeepsie Journal, c. 1866

America's #1 Cheese Market

The first cheese market in the United States was established in 1861 at Little falls. From April through December, local farmers, cheese factory representatives, and brokers for major American and English markets gathered at Ann and Albany street to sample cheeses and negotiate prices.

From 1864-1870, Little Falls was the largest interior cheese market in the world. It remained a center for cheese production well into the twentieth century.

America's first Dairy Board of Trade was established here in 1871. Essentially a producer organization, the board coordinated the sales and distribution of dairy products nationwide. It was soon emulated by other
Little Falls Historical Society image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, March 15, 2019
2. Little Falls Historical Society
This the Herkimer County Bank noted in the center illustration on the marker.
associations.

A Record Day for Cheese

Once a farmer of factory sold the week's production, their wooden boxes of cheese were shipped out to the purchasing company. On a single day in 1866 over 380,000 pounds of Herkimer County cheese were delivered to the railroad depot. Double rows of cheese laden wagons lined the street for a quarter-mile in each direction. In the course of of the average season, from twenty-five to thirty million pounds of cheese were sold here in Little Falls.
 
Erected by Little Falls Historical Society.
 
Location. 43° 2.571′ N, 74° 51.56′ W. Marker is in Little Falls, New York, in Herkimer County. Marker is at the intersection of South Ann Street and Albany Street, on the right when traveling north on South Ann Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Little Falls NY 13365, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shaping the City (a few steps from this marker); Window on the Past (within shouting distance of this marker); The World's Best Cheddar (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cheese Business (within shouting distance of this marker); Route of the Little Falls Canal (about 700 feet away, measured
Cheese Market Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, March 15, 2019
3. Cheese Market Plaque
in a direct line); A Bridge for Boats (approx. 0.2 miles away); Benton’s Landing (approx. ¼ mile away); Little Falls (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Little Falls.
 
More about this marker. Two other markers about cheese are at this location
 
Also see . . .  First Cheese Market Exhibit. An exhibit at the Little Falls Historical Society (Submitted on March 19, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.) 
 
Categories. AgricultureIndustry & Commerce
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 19, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 19, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 19, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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