Portal:Syracuse, New York

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Syracuse, New York
Syracuse in Central New York

Syracuse, New York, is the primary city in and county seat of Onondaga County; the fifth most populous city in New York state; and the largest United States city with the name "Syracuse". Established in 1825, the city had a population of 145,170 at the 2010 census, (making it the 175th largest in the country); its metropolitan area had a population of 662,577. Syracuse is the economic and educational hub of central New York, a region with over a million inhabitants.

Syracuse is well-provided with convention sites, with a downtown convention complex and, directly west of the city, the Empire Expo Center, which hosts the annual Great New York State Fair.

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The salt industry has a long history in and around Syracuse, New York. Jesuit missionaries visiting the region in 1654 were the first to report salty brine springs around the southern end of "Salt Lake", known today as Onondaga Lake. Later, the Treaty of Fort Stanwix (1784) and designation of the area by the State of New York as the "Onondaga Salt Springs Reservation" provided the basis for commercial salt production from the late 18th century through the early 20th century.

The salt springs extended around much of Onondaga Lake, originating in the town of Salina and passing through Geddes and Liverpool to the mouth of Ninemile Creek, a total of almost nine miles. Until 1900 the majority of the salt used in the United States came from Syracuse.

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Frank "Buck" O'Neill
Frank J. "Buck" O'Neill (March 6, 1875 – April 21, 1958) was an American football player, coach and lawyer. A star athlete at Williams College, in 1902 O'Neill resurrected the Syracuse Athletic Club, to take part in the 1902 World Series of Football, held at Madison Square Garden. Syracuse A.C. defeated the "New York" team in what has been called the first indoor professional football game; Syracuse won the Series with a 36–0 victory over the Orange Athletic Club.

After serving a couple of stints as head coach at rival Colgate University (1902, 1904–1905), O'Neill coached the Syracuse University Orangemen from 1906–1907, 1913–1915, and 1917–1919. In his final three years at Syracuse, he acted more as an advisor than a full-time coach. Even with this arrangement, he was successful including in 1919 when the Orangemen gave Pittsburgh their first loss in five years. His cumulative record at Syracuse was 52–9–6.

O'Neill was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1951.

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The Syracuse City Hall is the city hall of Syracuse, New York. Unusual for civic buildings in the United States, it was constructed from 1889 to 1893 in the Romanesque Revival architectural style. The bid accepted for the construction was for $238,750.00 from Hughes Brothers of Syracuse.

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St. Mary's Square in Syracuse, New York
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2000 West Genesee Street in Syracuse, New York

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Syracuse suburbs

View of south DeWitt

Towns and villages in Onondaga County make up most of the suburban communities in the Greater Syracuse area. Towns and villages in such surrounding counties as Oswego, Madison, Cortland, or Cayuga on the border of Onondaga County may also be considered Syracuse suburbs.



City facts

  • Nickname: the Salt City
  • Form of government: Common Council
  • Incorporated: 1825 (village)
  • Incorporated: 1847 (city)
  • County: Onondaga County, New York

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