Salina, New York

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Salina is a town in Onondaga County, New York, United States. The population was 33,290 at the 2000 census. The name of the town is derived from the Latin word for "salt."

The Town of Salina is northwest of Syracuse, New York and is a suburb of Syracuse.



The region was in the domain of the Onondaga tribe and later was within the Central New York Military Tract, although it was reserved for members of the Onondagas.

Salina received its name in 1797, when the Surveyor General of New York State received authority to set aside a portion of the Onondaga Salt Springs Reservation for use in salt manufacture. The reservation had been created by a treaty with the Native Americans. The land extended one mile around Onondaga Lake. In 1798, the Village of Salina was chartered. It was located in what is now the Washington Square neighborhood or "First Ward" of the current City of Syracuse and contained sixteen blocks. Each block was divided into four house lots, selling according to law, for no less than forty dollars. The area now known as the Town of Salina was still part of the Townships of Manlius and Marcellus. In March 1809, the Town of Salina was organized. It included the areas now known as the Town of Geddes (formed 1848), part of Manlius and the City of Syracuse.

Salina's location on the Erie Canal stimulated its industrial development. The middle section of the canal, from Salina to Utica was the first to open, in 1820, and elaborate celebrations were held.


It was not until the late 1840s that Salina was reduced to its present size. The original Village of Salina stretched around Onondaga Lake, incorporating part of what is now the Town of Geddes and much of what today is the City of Syracuse. The early history of Salina is actually the history of the area around Onondaga Lake and the salt industry.

By 1843, it was apparent that Syracuse would soon become a city. The townspeople of both villages began discussing a proposed charter which would unify the two towns. Leading citizens urged the consolidation of Syracuse and Salina into one city, however, old political rivalries blocked any action. On January 1, 1844, a riot between the warring factions broke out in Siegel's boarding house at the corner of Washington and Warren Streets. The men from Salina who were salt boilers "descended upon the house to break up a party." Siegel resented a remark that was made about his wife and "shattered the face of one of the intruders with a shotgun."[1]

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