The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
A Walk About Town
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), 17 Nov 1849

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A Walk About Town

Oswego is considerable of a city. Of this any one may be convinced by ascending the high ground, upon either side of the river, and looking down upon the one hundred and fifty blocks, the square decorated with trees, the dozen churches and public edifices, the mammoth mills and mechanic shops, the crowds of canal boats, and t forest of masts, which lie spread out before him. It is a beautiful city. The splendid private edifices, the groves of trees, the extended view of the lake and river, and the perfect uniformity of the streets, all five pleasure to a person blessed with perceptions of the beautiful–or, as our friend Fowler would says, having the right bump.

Oswego is yet young – not half got its growth. Its motto is Onward! See the hundred of new dwelling houses erected the present season, most of them already tenanted , and accommodating a thousand or more persons, and its increase in population will be admitted.. An other evidence that it has not yet attained maturity is that each year it becomes more beautiful. During the past summer for instance 3 new churches, 2 Methodist and 1 Catholic , of neat design and architecture have erected their spires toward Heaven, - a new jail frowns with walls of stone and doors of iron upon the guilty–two large mills dispense the staff of life to hungry humanity – private dwellings of princely magnificence, excite the envy and admiration of the homely several commodious mechanic shops of various kinds and several splendid blocks of stores, wherein the merchant will display his wares, and "shave the pretty lasses," all these and more have been added the past few months. When our growing city shall have enjoyed for a few more years the invigorating breezes from Ontario, connected with general commercial health, she will be the pride of the state– first among the commercial cities of the inland lakes.

The mercantile and mechanical interest of Oswego, are second to none, of her other sources of prosperity. Those engaged in mechanical pursuits are indeed, the majority of her population, and the future prosperity of the city is necessarily connected with their prosperity. The commercial interests are affected by the seasons and other causes– but the labor of the mechanic in not prevented by storms and frosts. Mechanics are to the city what farmers are to the country, the stability, bone and sinew of the population. With these the mercantile community are closely associated and upon these interests, joined with the commercial, and judicious citizens look for the future greatness of Oswego. They will not be disappointed.

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17 Nov 1849
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    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
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A Walk About Town