WHAT IS CLASSFIED ‘HISTORIC’ has always been open to interpretation. When establishing the National Historic Preservation Act in 1966, a timeframe needed to be selected “in order to assure historical perspective and avoid judgements based on current or recent popular trends.” A 50-year period was established as a guide for “evaluating the historic resources worthy of preservation.”
With the turn of the last decade, this 50-year time period now includes the 1960s. The 1950s saw the rise of the mid-century style and, while the style remained throughout the beginning of the next decade, American ideals began to shift and size became the growing trend. Ranch levels were expanded to split levels, single car garages became double, and family rooms were added to floor plans.
The Oswego community also participated in the expansion trend as local industry saw our population increase substantially. Construction was prevalent in the 1960s and included the completion of the Civic Center and downtown library building to entertain the number of growing families. The Dairy Hut was also constructed in 1961 as an answer to families needing a place to enjoy a cold treat and mingle among the locals.
Originally called the Dari-Boat, the building stood on Block 11, Lot 5 of the Original Town plat and featured items like the Dari-cone and the Burger Boat. The building was recently razed to allow for its redevelopment as the new Dairy Barn.
Though a twist on the original, Oswegoans are sure to enjoy an ice cream and quality time just as families have been doing at this location since the 60s!