Oswego

Oswego (pop 18,142) is a small city in Central New York on the southeastern shore of Lake Ontario at the mouth of the Oswego River.

Historic buildings at Bridge and First Streets

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Established in 1722 as a British trading post, Oswego had a long military history and a series of fortifications as Fort Oswego (1727-1756), Fort George (1755-1756) and Fort Ontario (1755-1778, 1792-1814 and 1839-1940). Before the American Revolution (1776-1783), Oswego was British and its arch-nemesis Cataraqui (1673-1758), directly across Lake Ontario, was French. In the War of 1812, Oswego and Sackets Harbor were on the front line against British forces stationed in Canada. The city’s military history ends with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division (United States) relocated away from the region during World War II; Fort Ontario then housed approximately 982 wartime Jewish refugees (August 1944-February 1946) before being turned over to New York State post-war. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1970.

View across Oswego Harbor

Intercity rail, bus and air connections are available at Syracuse.

By car
  • New York State Route 481 runs north from Interstate 81 in Syracuse via Fulton
  • New York State Route 104 runs east from Rochester (New York)
By bus
  • Centro (Central New York Regional Transportation Authority), Transit Center, W. 1st Street at W. Bridge Street, +1 315-442-3400. Regional bus service, Oswego-Syracuse and Oswego-Fulton-Mexico. 
By boat
  • The 23.7 mile (38 km) Oswego Canal, built in 1828, connects the Erie Canal at Three Rivers (near Liverpool) to Lake Ontario at Oswego. The canal has a depth of 14 ft (4.2 m), with seven locks spanning the 118 ft (36 m) change in elevation.
  • 43.462-76.511 Port of Oswego Marina, 3 Basin St, +1 315 342-0436. 

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