Syracuse is a city in New York State incorporated as a village in 1825. Its growth as stimulated by the construction of the Erie Canal and railroads in the 1830s. When the Erie Canal was completed in 1825, low shipping rates prompted a significant increase in salt production. A century later, the economy was shifted towards manufacturing and engineering. The first New York State Fair was also held in Syracuse in 1841. World War II triggered significant industrial expansion in Syracuse, especially steel, fasteners, and custom machining. The population peaked at 221,000 in 1950.
Here below are some historical photos of Syracuse from the early 20th Century that capture street scenes, cityscapes, and everyday life. Also check historical photos of Rochester and Albany.