Monday, January 31, 2011

A Window to the Past

If you have a Facebook account and a few minutes to spare, check out this amazing collection of pictures of Oshkosh as it used to be. Park 'N Print of Oshkosh has been gradually building an album named Historic Oshkosh on their Facebook page to the point where it now includes 186 images of Oshkosh from decades past. If you live in Oshkosh there’s sure to be a few things in there that’ll catch your eye.

You can reach the album via this link.

If you’re not on Facebook, here are a few samples from the album concerning Oshkosh’s beer brewing past.

Here’s a picture of the Oshkosh Brewing Company as it would look if you were approaching the brewery from the south-east corner. That looks like a large pile of spent grain in the foreground.

Here’s the Oshkosh Brewing Company again, this time looking south from the corner of W. 16th Ave. and Doty Street. This is probably from the mid-1980s. The brewery was demolished in 1986.

Here’s a picture taken at the Rahr Brewing Company on Rahr Avenue. This looks to be from the late 1940s or early 1950s. That’s Blanche Rahr and her brother Carl Rahr, owners of the brewery.

Wouldn’t it be great to see these last two driving down your street!


  1. Which former brewery hosted the "Haunted Brewery" at Halloween in the early-1980's? I want to say it was the Oshkosh Brewery.

    You'd go down into the cellar, and come out the loading area where someone would chase you with a chainsaw. Good times.

  2. The link says the content is "unavailable".

  3. You have to be logged in to Facebook for the link to work. Sorry, I wish there was a way around that.

    Also - The Haunted Brewery was indeed at the Oshkosh Brewing Company.