“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.
Photographed 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.
Paid Advertisement
Click on the ad for more information.
Please report objectionable advertising to the Editor.
Click or scan to see
this page online
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
Erected 1963 by State Education Department.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Erie Canal, and the Historic New York State series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1654.
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. 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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Syracuse NY 13206, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Alvord House (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Alvord House at Sehr Park (approx. 1.6 miles away); Lyncourt World War II Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away); Site of John Greenway Mansion (approx. 1.7 miles away); Civil War Memorial
Syracuse Area Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Yugoboy, April 6, 2013
2. Syracuse Area Marker
(approx. 1.8 miles away); Civil War Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); East Syracuse War Memorial (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Syracuse.
Facing the exit from the thruway image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Yugoboy, April 6, 2013
3. Facing the exit from the thruway
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 2, 2013, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. This page has been viewed 780 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 2, 2013, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

Share this page.  
Share on Tumblr

CeraNet Cloud Computing sponsors the Historical Marker Database.
This website earns income from purchases you make after using our links to We appreciate your support.
Paid Advertisement
Apr. 22, 2024