The Mammoth Cheese of Lanark County

We found ourselves in the community of Perth two weekends past. While Cuppa took her time Christmas shopping in the Farmers Market building, I wandered outside to take a picture or two of the Mammoth Cheese.

The Mammoth Cheese 1893

Replica of the Mammoth Cheese found in Perth, Ontario

This is a replica of the Mammoth Cheese that was created in the Perth, Ontario area for the Chicago Worlds Fair in 1893. Twelve different cheese makers in Lanark County contributed the cheese that went into the final product. It took three days to pour and press the Mammoth Cheese which required 207 200 pounds of milk to process. It was estimated to weight 22 000 pounds once completed, and with the timbers and rods that were necessary to transport it, the shipping weight was 26 000 pounds or 13 tons.

Excerpted from globalgenealogy.com/LCGS/articles/A-CHEESE.HTM where there is more information

The arrival of the cheese at the Exposition caused some surprise and astonishment on the part of officials. It excited other emotions when it crashed through the floor of the building while it was being moved from the car to the space prepared for it.

Although due to the stupidity of the men in charge of the moving, the crashing of the floor was the very thing which opened the flood gates of publicity, and publicity for the Canadian cheese industry was the only reason for the cheese being there. It was more talked about and more written up in the newspapers than any other single exhibit at the Fair.

The Mammoth Cheese 1893

Mammoth Cheese Replica by the Perth Farmers Market (glass house to right)

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6 Responses to The Mammoth Cheese of Lanark County

  1. Ruth says:

    Interesting article in your link. The things I don’t know about Ontario…

  2. Mary G says:

    Crumbs! I never have read the info about it; very interesting and thanks for sharing it.

  3. Bernie says:

    Thanks for sharing this info AC, love learning new things….:-)Hugs

  4. Wow! Makes me hungry for cheesecake!Hahaaa….
    Love the clarity of your shots Ac!!
    Have a safe and warm weekend!
    hughugs

  5. Kila says:

    Did someone say CHEESE? Sounds like that cheese was a slam dunk!

  6. Dimple says:

    The story you linked gave me several chuckles…imagine a brass band at a send-off for a cheese! I’m still smiling!

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