facts & history in brief
Syracuse is an industrial centre
besides the Onondaga Lake in central New York, U.S.A.
Once was called Salt City because
of the local salt production.
The Iroquois Indians were the first
people who lived in today's Syracuse area.
In 1786, Ephraim Webster settled there
and opened a trading post near the some
salt springs by the Onondaga Lake.
In 1825, the settlement was renamed
Syracuse, after the ancient Greek city,
which also lay near salt springs.
Syracuse produces machinery,
chemicals, chinaware, drugs,
paper, electrical, and
The city is also a market
centre for nearby farming areas.
A University, International Airport,
passenger and freight trains, buses
and interstate roads serve Syracuse.
Population of about a million people
live in the metropolitan area.
The last time I visited the US
in 1996 my bus just shot through
Syracuse on the way from Niagara
Falls to Boston and New York.
Stopped at the Bus Terminal for about
15 minutes and I fell in love with Syracuse.
I've promised myself next time I'll be
this way I'll stop and explore the city.
One of the first place we've seen was
Clinton Square, a very beautiful place,
I hope it is named after the
former President, Bill.
I like that fellow.
He visited New
Zealand while he was President
and we admired and grown fond him.
He did everything to please
his New Zealand audience.
Anyway as Hui Chin and I've
learned later Syracuse has another
or two squares named after Presidents.
We did the usual thing of joining
a 'city sightseeing tour' to see
and enjoy the city.
Somehow I felt disappointed,
while Syracuse is a very nice,
beautiful and friendly city,
I didn't find the magic, I've
thought I missed a few years ago.
Perhaps next time.
Never know your luck in a big city, do you?
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