Asking for ideas on a Syracuse Story / Travel Guide

  1. I love the history of the Underground Railroad in Syracuse. The Harriet Tubman house is located right outside of syracuse in auburn, ny. But there is plenty of history in the city of Syracuse as well

  2. This is great thank you. I covered a bit of the Underground Railroad in Lancaster but I would love to give closure to that story. Thanks for this

  3. This was a major abolitionist hub. Check out the story of the Jerry Rescue, for which we have a monument in the city center. Also Matilda Joslyn Gage House in Fayetteville. Slavers used to say Syracuse with a stink on it.

  4. The Jerry Rescue could be tied into this. We have a statue of it in Clinton Square, so it should be fairly easy ti research.

  5. Stickley and the Craftsman movement is an interesting local story with visual richness. Try to get access to houses w/craftsman interiors. Good luck!

  6. Syracuse has a tremendous history with theatre. Thanks in part to the canal we used to hold five Broadway sized theatres, though only one remains. We were a preview location for Broadway, and an early stop on the Vaudeville circuit. The Schubert brothers got their start here. We are still the home for Syracuse Scenerey and Stage Lighting and USITT, and Wenger still works out of here. And our stagehand local is one of, if not the singular, oldest inn the country.

  7. Not many people realize just how much of a college town Syracuse is and that the downtown is actually pretty nice with lots of bars, restaurants and breweries.

  8. The story of how Syracuse saved the world is a pretty good one. The battle of the Marne is considered one of the most important battles of all time and maybe the single most important battle of WWI. Germany put everything they had into an attack on Paris, thinking that taking that city would end the war. The 38th infantry, trained at the State Fair grounds in Syracuse, was tasked with standing firm against the best Germany had to offer. They made their stand, obviously Germany fell and eventually lost the war, and the 38th infantry has been known ever since as the Rock of the Marne. To honor this victory Congress had a statue made in their honor and allowd the soldiers to choose anyplace in the country to have the statue built. They chose Syracuse (where they were trained) and the statue still stands today 101 years later.

  9. I think the story is about connection, and that Syracuse is rebuilding it. All the cities are connected via the canal and with Syracuse taking out 81's via duct the city will reconnect and grow. There are great parks and businesses you have great nerbigorhoods too.

  10. My personal favorites are the upside down traffic light, the local connection to the abolition movement, and the role of Syracuse manufacturing in WW2.

  11. I'm excited to dig into WW2 manufacturing. I try to focus on each cities industrial history since it seems we don't talk about it as much in our history books.

  12. The tale of this city is one of a slow and decrepit death. Syracuse was booming for a long time but has been slowly dying for the last 70 years or so. Onondaga Lake was a huge resort area 100 years ago until Allied Chemical started dumping all sorts of chemical waste into it in the 1950s I think. For a time it was the most polluted lake in the world. It is still not safe to swim in despite what the news says. There used to be a local legend about Vinnie, the Onondaga Lake monster. He was a factory worker at Crucible Steel who fell into the lake and mutated into something like the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Not sure how popular that is.

  13. I confess, I keep a kosher home now, but if I ever went back to non-kosher food, Snappy Grillers would be one of the first things, if not the first thing, I would eat. They are AWESOME. Heid's also holds fond memories for me.

  14. If you haven't' found them, there are a few historical societies. Here's a search (I am not trying to insult you with a LMGTFY, just easier to paste the search than the results).

  15. Does it have to be about the city? North Syracuse: first ever plank road in the US; Green Lakes: one of only a few meromictic lakes in the world.

  16. Tell em what happens when the meromictic lake overturns. Also green lakes was a POW camp during WWII briefly. The state acquired the land from the Onondaga in the Salt Treaty.

  17. I filmed Rochester a couple of weeks ago. It doesn't necessarily have to be about the city as I cover the area itself. For example in Rochester I did a small portion of the downtown but the rest was the Waterfalls, the Canal, Kodak Company, and Lake Ontario. I haven't heard of the road but am really curious to research

  18. Syracuse University & "The Carrier Dome, America's most famous and largest structure of its kind on a college campus ...."

  19. The odd history of having two towns (Salina and Syracuse? Or Lodi?) and having to settle on a name for the whole area. I think there are some Onondaga library historic documents online.

  20. The Balcony where the โ€œ Speech of Syracuse โ€œ still stands on Montgomery street. I always thought it was so interesting. It ties in old school racism with the entire canal.

  21. Along the path where the Erie Canal travels through downtown Syracuse in Clinton Square you will see a beautiful statue called the Jerry Rescue statue. Jerry was an escaped slave who came through Syracuse on the underground railroad. He was captured, jailed, and set to be sent back into slavery down south when the people of Syracuse banded together broke down the wall of the jail, freed him, and escorted him to safety.

  22. thank you. this was a great share and I will def. add this. In Lancaster I bumped into the ancestor of Frederick Douglas who had a little hole in the wall museum, which kick started the whole movement. Just her telling the stories made the adventure that much better.

  23. There's something about a President doing something in Syracuse that they tell the story of when you get called for jury duty, but I didn't really care.

  24. If you need more info on the Erie Canal itself, the Erie Canal Museum downtown has some awesome material. My husband used to work there and the staff is great, as well. The museum itself is in the lastโ€™s tanning weigh lock building and is on Erie Blvd, where the canal used to run:

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