The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), March 16, 1847

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Growth of Oswego

We have taken a look about our village, the few past pleasant days, in order to mark, more particularly, the progress making in building, and to observe the large increase of new and substantial vessels fitting t out for the opening of Spring navigation. We had supposed, from the large quantity of lumber seen passing our streets, and from the complaints we have heard of the scarcity of laborers, that something more than usual was going on. The examination has proved more than our most extended anticipations had indulged. On very many of our vacant lots we find the timber undergoing the preparatory dressing necessary to the erecting of large and convenient Dwellings. On the banks of our noble River we observe even more animation. There are some four or five large Flouring Mills in course of completion, and two extensive Warehouses, intended exclusively for storage. The extensive Ship Yard of George Weeks has no less than three large class Vessels all in a forward state, considering the unfavorable condition of the roads, in the fore part of the Winter, for obtaining timber. The Yard of T. Dobie, on the opposite side of the River, has also a very large, fine-modeled Vessel on the stocks, and no one knows better how to get her off right than our friend Dobie. We observe one or more being re-built at Miller's Yard. There is also a fine Vessel under way at the Yard of Doolittle Mollison. Without further particularizing, we would sum up by saying, that there is an unprecedented increase in the growth and business prospects of Oswego. And we predict that, by the time our Plank Road is completed to Rome and our Rail Road to Syracuse, we shall have a population of 15,000 souls, as active and prosperous as can be found in the Union.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), March 16, 1847