Visitors recognize Syracuse as a refreshing and unique blend of entertainment, history, adventure and culture – with an artistic flare. The region is known for a myriad of options for shopping, art/entertainment, outdoor adventures, eclectic agriculture and history. In fact, Syracuse is a beautiful city, admired for exceptional architecture that has managed to stand the test of time. The city’s rich historical footprint includes, but not limited to these following facts:
The Erie Canal; which began here and played a major role in the growth of Syracuse and New York City.
The Haudenosaunee (People of the Long House) were great contributors to the way of life in the United States. These outstanding local Native Americans created the game of Lacrosse and Democracy. In fact, they were an inspiration to the U.S. Constitution and the Women’s Suffrage Movement.
The Women’s Suffrage movement was ignited with the help of notable Syracuse native, Matilda Joslyn Gage. Gage worked alongside Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton but was written out of history due to a dispute. She fought for Native American rights and adopted into the Mohawk’s Bear clan. Gage was the mother-in-law to L. Frank Baum, the author of the Wizard of Oz and even inspired the “Dorothy” character. This quiet but powerful woman was even an abolitionist who opened her home those traveling through the Underground Railroad. On her grave is one of her famous quotes: “There is a word sweeter than mother, home or heaven; that word is Liberty.”
Syracuse was a main hub for the Underground Railroad and anti-slavery movement. More than 300 slaves reportedly passed through the city, seeking refuge.
Until 1900, Syracuse supplied most of the U.S. with salt from local salt springs; which is where the nickname “salt city” comes from.
Many major inventions including (but not limited to): Cathedral Candles, Ferris Wheel, Bank Drive-through Window, Dentist Chair, Time Clock, 24-second Shot Clock, Synthetic Penicillin, Brannock Device, Baking Soda, Loafer, Multi-shift Bicycle Gear, Mutoscope (first personal motion picture projector, Serrated Edge Bread Knife and the Brown-Stillman Pneumatic Tire.
Today, downtown Syracuse is in the midst of an urban renaissance; offering a trendy setting for traveling Broadway shows, upscale dining (80 + restaurants), local shopping, hotels, galleries, museums, condominiums, performing arts venues and nightlife activities. Self-guided walking tours make it possible for anyone to find historical monuments and sample a variety of fabulous fare. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy recreation and hiking trails in more than 50 state, county and city parks; golfers tee it up on more than 40 golf courses; animal lovers bond with the 700 animals at Rosamond Gifford Zoo.
Learn more about Syracuse at www.visitsyracuse.org.