River Industries

River Industries (HM1M8P)

Location: Oswego, NY 13126 Oswego County
Country: United States of America
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N 43° 27.324', W 76° 30.409'

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A Place of Industry

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.

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.

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

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

Lumbers was milled, exported, and imported through open yards on piers and even an island in the middle of the river.
HM NumberHM1M8P
Placed BySeaway Trail, Inc
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, July 27th, 2015 at 6:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 378092 N 4812490
Decimal Degrees43.45540000, -76.50681667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 27.324', W 76° 30.409'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 27' 19.44" N, 76° 30' 24.54" W
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Area Code(s)315
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 152 1st St, Oswego NY 13126, US
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