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Milk Platforms - Maitolaiturit
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This category wants to find still existing milk platforms, milk stands, churn stands and maitolaiturit. Milk platforms can be roofed, or just platforms without roof. They are made of wood or rocks or tiles.
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These milk platforms were used in period of 1920 - 1970's. Milk platforms were built near the roads or by the railroads. In that time milk churns were used in milk transportation and milk needed get pasteurized and homogenized in the dairy before milk got into markets. Milk platforms were the pick up points where farmers carried for delivery. Milk platform era ended when the bulk tank and vacuum collection was invented.

Milk platforms are found specially in Finland and other Nordic countries and other parts of the Europe. We would not be suprised if these are found in other parts of the world too. In Finland we see milk platforms - maitolaiturit- often in our in countryside. Quoted from the website below*."Milk platforms have been a part of the Finnish village community since the 1920s. Because they were so common and centrally located, they were a prominent part of the landscape. In places, they were so close together that one could see from one platform to another. Even as late as 1970, the landscape was dotted by around 90,000 milk platforms still in use."

Milk platforms were not simply raised platforms for loading and unloading milk churns; they also served as places to sit and wait, bus stops, notice boards, road signs and landmarks.

More info about the Finnish milk platforms!*. Finns used to have reversed geocache about milk platforms.
And there are a few geocaches made of this theme.

Here is a few examples of Milk platforms from.
United Kindom Geograph website.

From Finland - wikipedia

From New Zealand -

From Usa - railroad milk platform from

In United States getting milk to market was a bit different. Read more here. Farmers delivered milk themselves to creamery or these pick up point - usually milk platforms near the railroad. Farms in USA has usually a building called - milk house - where milk was storaged in cold and shady enviroment. These milk houses can be much older than these milk platforms. Milk houses also apply into this category if they are on farms that are publicly accessible, for example museum farms. Please provide open hours of the farm or the milk house. For example this Houston Milk House in Langley BC is on a park.

Milk platforms by the railroads may be hard to differ from ordinary platforms so these need more proof. Sign or churns on railroad platform will do fine.

Lyhyt kuvaus suomeksi:

Tehtävänäsi on löytää maitolaituri ja waymarkata se. Maitolaiturin voi löytää niin Suomesta kuin muualtakin maailmasta.

Instructions for Posting a Milk Platforms - Maitolaiturit Waymark:
1. Waymarks coordinates should be taken by gps. Take atleast Two photos of milk platform. One good picture of the platform and other about platform and more about the surroundings. Other pictures are recommended but not required.
2. Tell about the location and history behind waymarked milk platform.
3. Use name of the village, farm or railway station on a waymarks name.
4. You may post your waymark in your home language, but add also short translation in English.

1. Ota maitolaiturin sijainti koordinaatit gepsillä ja ota vähintään kaksi valokuvaa, jossa yhdessä maitolaituri näkyy selkeästi ja toisessa näkyy laiturin lisäksi myös ympäröivää maisemaa. Voit halutessasi ottaa myös enemmän kuvia.
2. Kerro hieman paikasta ja maitolaiturin historista.
3. Maitolaituri waymarkin nimessä tulee selvitä kylä, jossa maitolaituri sijaitsee
4. Voit tehdä kuvauksen suomeksi, mutta kirjoita tällöin myös lyhyt käännös englanniksi.

Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:

English: Take atleast one photo of waymarks milk platform and tell about the visit. You may show yourself in a picture but that is not necessary. Note that " X Visited here"-logs doesn't qualify as a visited log in this category.

Suomeksi: Ota vähintään yksi kuva waymarkin maitolaiturista, voit myös itse näyttäytyä kuvassa jos haluat. Kerro vierailustasi. Huom! Pelkkä " X vieraili täällä"-loggaus ei riitä loggaukseksi tähän kategoriaan.

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In this rural part of the Netherlands, you will find several historical milk platforms. This is one outside the Dogger milk producing farm, with several old milk churns/milk cans.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T-Team!

location: Overijssel, Netherlands

date approved: 7/25/2022

last visited: never

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Achter de oude boerderij staat een oud melkbussenrek

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member PetjeOp

location: Overijssel, Netherlands

date approved: 6/26/2022

last visited: 8/10/2022

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