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April 27th, 2018, 06:53 AM
The original 1858 plan for New York City's Central Park included a dairy to provide fresh milk for children.

At the time, the city was enduring what became known as the "Swill Milk" scandal, in which hundreds of children died after consuming tainted milk from cows fed on the solid byproducts of the city's beer breweries. It is named swill milk because cows were fed swill which was residual mash from nearby distilleries. The milk was whitened with plaster of Paris, thickened with starch and eggs, and hued with molasses.

To alleviate the crisis and cultivate the family atmosphere they wanted for the park, designers Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmstead created a charming Victorian milk bar serving milk from dairy farms outside the city.


In the 1870s, the building was converted to a restaurant. Today it's a visitor center.

April 27th, 2018, 09:02 AM
That was a swill story!!

April 27th, 2018, 10:58 AM
What a horrible crisis. And we wonder whats in our food today?

April 27th, 2018, 11:05 AM
Horrible. Of course we are still dealing with adulterated food, and today it may be worse because the public at large eats so much processed, sugary and salty food, laced with various chemicals. And the obesity epidemic is killing even our children, who are developing Type 2 diabetes and entering puberty at younger and younger ages due to all the hormones in the food - milk included. Back in the later part of the 19th century much of the milk supply was a big source of tuberculosis, as well, which was one of the biggest causes of death at that time. Until pasteurization became the law around the country, that is. What a world.