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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Syracuse 1900 salt-workers.jpg
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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Theodore E. Hancock
Theodore E. Hancock (May 30, 1847 Granby, Oswego County, New York - November 19, 1916 Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician. In 1873, he commenced practice in New York City in the office of Bangs & North. A few years later, he removed to Syracuse, New York, and opened the office of Gilbert & Hancock.

During 1879, he established the firm of Hancock, Beach, Peck and Devine in Syracuse. His son, Stewart Hancock, was considered the "modern-day founder of the firm."

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The Temple Society of Concord's classical-style synagogue at the corner of Madison Street and University Avenue, Syracuse, was designed by Alfred Taylor, a Syracuse-based architect, and Arnold W. Brunner, a consulting architect based in New York City. The building's cornerstone was laid on September 19, 1910; and it was dedicated in September 23, 1911. The structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 27, 2009.

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Brown Lipe Chapin Company - early 1900s - West Fayette Street - Alexander Brown and Charles Lipe started the Brown-Lipe-Chapin Company in 1895. They manufactured differentials and gears for General Motors in the early part of the 20th century. General Motors acquired Brown-Lipe in 1923
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Onondaga Park in Strathmore 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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