Railroad Museum celebrates Dairy Month

One of the exhibits at the railroad museum in Oswego that celebrates the connection between the railroads and the dairy industry.
One of the exhibits at the railroad museum in Oswego that celebrates the connection between the railroads and the dairy industry.

June is National Dairy Month, and the Oswego Railroad Museum is celebrating with two exhibits in one during the weekends of June 21 and 22 and June 28 and 29.

The combined exhibit will show how the railroads, such as the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad, worked with the dairy industry by building creameries, where farmers would ship their milk to, in order to have it processed.

There will be models and photos of local creameries, as well as the railroad cars used to ship the milk TO them and the final products FROM them.

Outgoing products went all over New York State, especially to New York City.

The DL&W Railroad was formed in 1851, but was proceeded in Oswego by Oswego’s first railroad, the Oswego & Syracuse, which was incorporated in 1839 and opened in 1848.

Its original station, built in 1848, still stands on the southeast corner of Oswego’s West Utica Street, between West Second and Third streets.

 The DL&W had two creameries located between Oswego and Syracuse, at Baldwinsville and South Granby.

Other freight carried by the DL&W  included Kingsford starch, lumber, coal, grain, cement and more.

The Railroad Museum is located on the corner of West First and Lake Streets, near the harbor, and is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. every weekend until Labor Day PLUS some special weekends.

Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for youth and FREE for kids 6 and under.

Contact the museum for information on this and upcoming events or to arrange a group tour at 343-2253, 806-2193, 342-0028 or oswrrmus999@aol.com.

Also visit http://www.oswegorailroadmuseum.org or like the museum on Facebook at www.fb.com/Oswego Valley Railroad Association and Museum.

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