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Rare Historical Photos Of Syracuse, NY From Early 20th Century

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.

#3 Empire State Express, Syracuse, New York, circa 1905

Empire State Express, Syracuse, New York, circa 1905

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#6 Onondaga County Savings Building & Veteran Park, Syracuse, 1900

Onondaga County Savings Building & Veteran Park, Syracuse, 1900

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#10 Picnic grounds, Long Branch Park, Syracuse, 1905

Picnic grounds, Long Branch Park, Syracuse, 1905

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#11 Post Office, Fayette Street from Warren, Syracuse, New York, circa 1910.

Post Office, Fayette Street from Warren, Syracuse, New York, circa 1910.

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#12 Empire State Express (New York Central Railroad) coming thru Washington Street, Syracuse, 1905

Empire State Express (New York Central Railroad) coming thru Washington Street, Syracuse, 1905

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#16 New York Central R.R. depot, Syracuse, New York, circa 1905

New York Central R.R. depot, Syracuse, New York, circa 1905

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#17 Long Branch Park, Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, circa 1905

Long Branch Park, Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, circa 1905

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#18 Streetcar depot, Long Branch Park, Syracuse, 1905

Streetcar depot, Long Branch Park, Syracuse, 1905

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#20 Syracuse varsity crew team at the boathouse with coach Ten Eyck circa 1908

Syracuse varsity crew team at the boathouse with coach Ten Eyck circa 1908

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#21 Syracuse second varsity crew squad, June 11, 1914.

#22 Syracuse freshmen on the rowing team sit around the dinner table on June 19, 1908

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