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Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, USA

"Syracuse, a city and port of entry of New York, the capital of Onondaga co., is situated on the main line of the New York Central Railroad, and on the Erie and Oswego Canals, at the S. terminus of the latter, 148 miles W. by N. of Albany, and 150 miles E. of Buffalo. The railroad facilities of Syracuse extend in every direction, embracing several main lines with their branches, and affording convenient communication with all the principal cities of the state. Syracuse is a manufacturing city, its chief industry having formerly been, for more than a century, the manufacture of salt from deposits which were discovered as early as 1654 on the shores of Onondaga Lake by Jesuit missionaries from France, and which have been largely worked until the present by the state, to which they formerly yielded immense revenues. From these revenues the original cost of the Erie Canal (1817-25) was paid, but owing to the successful development of the salt industry in other localities the state salt-works at Syracuse have ceased to be remunerative. An allied industry, the manufacture of soda ash and kindred products by the Solvay Process Company, has been established at Geddes, a suburb of Syracuse, where 3000 hands are employed and $3,000,000 capital invested. Other principal manufactures carried on here are clothing, wagons, mowers and reapers, plough; furniture, steam-heating apparatus, boots and shoes, and novelties of many kinds. The capital invested in all industries reported in the census of 1890 was $17,207,955 and value of product $25,540,304. There are 14 national, state, and private banks, 2 savings-banks, and a trust: safe deposit company. The city has a high school and 32 graded public schools, and there are numerous private and denominational schools. The higher education is provided for by Syracuse University, beautifully situated in a campus of 50 acres...

In 1789, Asa Dunforth established salt-works here, and a village grew up, called Bogardus Corners; it changed its name several times, until in 1825 the village was incorporated under the name of Syracuse. In 1847 the adjoining village of Salina was merged in Syracuse, and the city was incorporated. Parts of Geddes and Onondaga have been annexed since. Pop. in 1860, 28,119; in 1870, 43,051; in 1880, 51,792; in 1890, 88,143; in 1892 (state census), 91,648."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • News 1849 - President Taylor at State Fair
    There will be an encampment of citizen soldiery at Syracuse, New York, during the approaching State Fair, which President Taylor will attend. It is...Read MORE...

  • News 1865 - The milkmen of Syracuse, New York, have astonished the city by voluntarily reducing the price of milk to six cents a quart.
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    May 11, 1865

  • 1870 - March 24 – Syracuse University is established and officially opens.
    March 24, 1870

  • News 1873 - Fortune from Shoplifting
    A female shoplifter in Syracuse, New York, who has recently been pardoned out of jail, is said to have accumulated a fortune of $80,000 by stealing....Read MORE...


    Syracuse, June 23. - An appalling catastrophe occurred here...

  • News 1874 - The Republicans of Syracuse, New York, have made a nice mess of it.
    They have allowed the Liberals to capture their primary meetings and nominate a Liberal for the most important place on their ticket. This is an...Read MORE...

  • News 1880 - Prematurely Mingled with Water.
    SYRACUSE, Jan. 5. - The fifth floor of one section of the Greenway Brewing company's immense buildings gave way this morning, and in its fall carried ...Read MORE...

  • News 1882 - Within five and a half miles of Syracuse, New York, is an Indian reservation comprising 5,950 acres of the best land in the state.
    Here the Onondagas live and keep up their traditions. They will not work and by the treaty by which they hold the land, they cannot sell it. The...Read MORE...

  • News 1890 - FATAL HOTEL FIRE.
    SYRACUSE, Oct. 15. - The Leland hotel, the finest in the city, was totally destroyed by fire last night and it is feared there has been loss of...Read MORE...

  • 1892 - December 20 - Pneumatic automobile tire patented, Syracuse, NY

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    Drawing-Room Candles
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    The Ladies' Home Journal
    January 1898
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    Clinton Sq. and Erie Canal, Syracuse, N.Y.
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    Savings Bank, Erie Canal, Opera House
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    City Hall
  • 1906
    Syracuse, a city and port of delivery, capital of Onondaga co., N.Y., is situated on the New York Central and Hudson River, the West Shore and the...Read MORE...

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    N.Y.C. train going though streets of Syracuse, N.Y., 1906
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    Erie canal in Syracuse, N.Y.
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    The new First Presbyterian Church, 1907
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    Entrance to Oakwood Cemetery, 1907
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    Post Office, 1907
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    Train Crossing Salina St., 1907
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    Carnegie Library
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    View of City from the North, Onondaga Lake in distance
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    Brown, Curtis & Brown, South Salina Street
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    Grand Opera Building
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    High School
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    Racing at the State Fair
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    Birds-eye View of "White City"
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    Sacred Heart Polish Church, 1913
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    Swimming Pool, Old Reservoir, 1913
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    University Building, 1914
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    View New York State Fair Grounds
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    Wolf Street from Salina Street
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    Vanderbilt Square
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    Circle of St. Mary's and Baptist Church. Syracuse, N. Y.
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    Syracuse Clinic, 1922
  • News 1924 - Hinds Killed in Race After Tribute to Geers; He Is Thrown From His Sulky at Syracuse Fair
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    New York Central Station, 1924
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    Onondaga County Court House and Columbus Monument. Syracuse, N. Y.
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    Central New York Power Corporation Office Building. Erie Boulevard West at Franklin Street. Syracuse, N. Y.
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    MacArthur Stadium
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    The New W. T. Grant Store
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    State Tower Building. Syracuse, N. Y.
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    Hotel Syracuse
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    South Salina Street, Looking South from Fayette Street
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    Jefferson Bowling Academy, 410-420 E. Jefferson Street

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