“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Syracuse in Onondaga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Syracuse Area

Historic New York

Syracuse Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, April 6, 2013
1. Syracuse Area Marker
Inscription. Onondaga Indians, the keepers of the council fires for the Iroquois League, lived here. French soldiers and Jesuit missionaries came from Canada in 1654 to seek their friendship. In that year, Father Simon LeMoyne discovered salt springs in the area. Salt works were set up in 1788, soon after the first permanent settlement. Salt manufacturing flourished until the 1860's. For many years the tax on salt supplied the State's chief revenue. This industry gave the name Salina to the original site of Syracuse. The Erie Canal and the Oswego Canal, connecting the Erie at Syracuse with Lake Ontario, ushered in an era of prosperity and expansion after 1825. Railroads and highways followed the east-west water level route and stimulated industrial growth.

Situated on the edge of the fruitful lake plain beside Onondaga Lake, Syracuse is near the geographical center of New York State. Serving a wide area, her industries which began with the salt works have been many and varied: chinaware, alloy steel, automobiles and automotive gears, air-conditioning and typewriters, chemicals and electronics -- these reflected the industrial growth of America. The first New York State Fair was held in 1841 in Syracuse where it has been an annual event since 1890. Education Department State of New York 1963 N.Y. S. Thruway Authority
Syracuse Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, April 6, 2013
2. Syracuse Area Marker
1963 by State Education Department.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal, and the Historic New York marker series.
Location. 43° 5.474′ N, 76° 6.072′ W. Marker is in Syracuse, New York, in Onondaga County. Marker is on Interstate 90 one mile west of New York State Route 233, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at DeWitt Rest Area on the New York State Thruway. This one is visible from the Thruway proper, but there is no chance it could be read unless you get off the Thruway. Marker is in this post office area: Syracuse NY 13206, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jesuit Mission (approx. 4.8 miles away); John Leach (approx. 5.9 miles away); Grover Cleveland (approx. 6.4 miles away); Childhood Home (approx. 6.4 miles away); Cigarville Station (approx. 7.5 miles away); Nedrow c. 1798 (approx. 8.2 miles away); Pine Plains (approx. 8.4 miles away); Paddock Mill (approx. 8.8 miles away).
Categories. Industry & CommerceNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
Facing the exit from the thruway image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, April 6, 2013
3. Facing the exit from the thruway
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. This page has been viewed 467 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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