The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Jan. 15, 1861

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The Salt Trade. - The Onondaga Salt Springs have furnished one of the first and permanent elements of business in Oswego. As early as the year 1818 the manufacture and shipments of the article to this port were quite extensive, and constituted the important branch of commercial business in the contracted facilities at that time. In that season the receipts of salt at Oswego were 36,000 bbls, of which 26,000 bbls were to Lake Erie by portages around Niagara Falls. In 1819 the receipts of salt were 47,000 bbls - the increase of trade thus early commenced on a large ratio; of this amount 29,000 bbls passed west, and 18,000 bbls went to ports on this lake and the River St. Lawrence. At that period the freight on salt from Salina to Oswego was 52 cents per bbl. ; warehouse charges at Oswego 5 cents; from Oswego to Lewiston 31 cents; and by the portages around the Falls to Black Rock 52 cents - making the cost of transporting the article from Salina to Black Rock or Fort Erie on the Niagara river, $1. 40 per barrel, $9. 85 per ton. The price of salt in Oswego at that time ranged at about $2. 50 per barrel. Salt now passes from Syracuse to Chicago, or any of the upper lakes at 8 to 13 cents per barrel, according to the demand for ballast at Oswego.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Jan. 15, 1861