The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Sat., July 20, 1850

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Oswego. - A correspondent of the Syracuse Journal writing from Oswego under date of the 17th inst., says:

"It is five or six years since I lasted visited this place; yet there has been very little improvement in its general aspect, when brought in comparison with Syracuse, indeed. Oswego, to the eye of the traveler, has the appearance of a town built during the latter part of the last century, and but little improved since. I like the situation of the town, and admire the plan upon which it is built.

Its streets are regularly laid out, one hundred feet in width, and parallel to each other, with the exception of those laying in the immediate vicinity of the lake shore. There is one peculiarity in which Oswego excels most other places of its size. That is in the number and extent of its public squares and parks. This is a good peculiarity, but one which is too generally neglected."

This writer has got singular notions of the appearance and improvements of Oswego. At the close of the "last century" Oswego was nothing more than a military post with two or three rude huts and a small "Lake tavern," where a few fishermen and hunters spent the summer season. It was not till 1796 that the British garrison surrendered possession of Oswego to a small detachment of U.S. troops sent here by Gen. Washington.

Nearly the entire growth of Oswego has been within the last 25 years, and there is no city in the State that is making more rapid strides to commercial importance, or where the increase of population and the changes and improvements going on are more marked and apparent.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Sat., July 20, 1850