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

The Oswego Canal

A Great Canal

 
 
The Oswego Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 22, 2015
1. The Oswego Canal Marker
Inscription. Dewitt Clinton dreamed of "a Great Canal" to solve the problem of access to the natural resources of the mid-west. Of the two routes considered - a canal across the state to Buffalo and a canal to Lake Ontario at Oswego - the Buffalo proposal won at first.

The Oswego Canal was begun in 1826 and completed in 1828. In 1830 the Welland Canal, connecting Lakes Ontario and Erie, was opened, and once again the commerce of the upper lakes began to seek the old route up the Oswego River.

A Thriving Port
Once Oswego Harbor was established as a canal destination, commerce soared and the City became a thriving international port.

Rebuilding
In 1850 the Erie Canal was improved, widened, deepened and in some places rerouted. The name of the waterway was changed to the Barge Canal. The Oswego Canal remained an important option for connecting to the Great Lakes waterway.

Alvin Bronson
Alvin Bronson was the first representative from Oswego County in the state senate. In 1824 he became the leader of the movement in favor of the Oswego Canal. It was largely through his intensive advocacy that the canal system also included a connection to the Port of Oswego.
 
Erected by Seaway Trail, Inc.
 
Marker series.
The Oswego Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 22, 2015
2. The Oswego Canal Marker
This marker is included in the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway marker series.
 
Location. 43° 27.326′ N, 76° 30.419′ 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. Touch 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. Early Shipping (here, next to this marker); Age of Iron Horses (a few steps from this marker); River Industries (a few steps from this marker); The Fur Trade (a few steps from this marker); War for Empire (a few steps from this marker); People of the River (a few steps from this marker); Seaway Trail (a few steps from this marker); Bicentennial Peace Garden (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oswego.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
The Oswego Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 22, 2015
3. The Oswego Canal Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of a 1925 map of the State of New York's, Barge Canal System.
The Oswego Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 22, 2015
4. The Oswego Canal Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of a map of the Oswego Canal.
The Oswego Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 22, 2015
5. The Oswego Canal Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of a photograph, of a section of the Oswego Canal.
The Oswego Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 22, 2015
6. The Oswego Canal Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of a photograph, of the Oswego Harbor, with numerous canal boats tied up at the docks.
The Oswego Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 22, 2015
7. The Oswego Canal Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of a photograph, of Alvin Bronson, who was the leader of the movement in favor of building the Oswego Canal.
The Oswego Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 22, 2015
8. The Oswego Canal Marker
A distant view of the marker (along with the other Seaway Trail markers) looking north along East 1st Street.
The Oswego Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 22, 2015
9. The Oswego Canal 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 was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 28, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 139 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on July 28, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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