Agricultural History Series

 Missouri State University

 1904 St. Louis Worlds Fair

Big Cheese

Missouriís cheese exhibit was a one of a kind display of a full cream cheese block that weighed over 3,000 lbs. The block was so massive it took ten men to unload it from the train into a case, and four horses hitched to a wagon with the case to pull it to the Agriculture building. The cheese was made in Altamont, MO in Daviess county. Molded to the front of the cheese was a milking cow in a pasture of clover with a young lady on a stool milking the cow. It took 3,000 milking cows to produce the 35,000 lbs of milk, which was purchased from 150 dairymen, needed to make the block of cheese. The cheese was displayed in the original hoop that it was pressed in, in a case that was exactly like the butter case, and the temperature was held from 35 to 40 degrees.

 Missouri Big Cheese Exhibit

Missouri Big Cheese Exhibit

 

Reference:  Missouri Agriculture Report              pp 216-217

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