By John A. Morrow
Date of issue- April 28, 2009
Number in edition- 500 / 50 AP
Frame size- 14×18
Paper- Epson Matt
Printed by HMS Fine Art
Giclee print with pigmented inks
Most cities are located where they are for a reason. Before 1900 that reason was often water. Water provided a route for transportation and if there was a drop in elevation, a source for power. The junction of the Oswegatchie and the St. Lawrence River provided both. One river was used for bring furs and lumber down from the Adirondacks and the other a gateway to the Great Lakes to the west and the Atlantic ocean on the east. Within a few years a dam was constructed about a quarter mile up the Oswegatchie and a canal provided water power for grist, textile and lumber mills. Ogdensburg was a bustling city throughout the 1800’s and early 20th. Century, but as technology advanced, the city began to wan.
This oil painting is the view looking out across the mouth of the Oswegatchie towards the St. Lawrence River, on a late summer day after the sun has set, but still with the glow in the sky from that sunny day that has passed.