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  • Little Known Facts
     

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    The dental chair was invented by Syracuse’s Milton Waldo Hanchett in 1840.  

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    The Erie Canal in its century long existence, contributed more to the growth of Syracuse than anything in its history. 

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    Country’s first drive-in window installed by our own Merchants bank in 1941. 

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    Literacy Volunteers was founded here in 1962-helping thousands of adults world wide read. 

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    Did you know that at one time there were more than 50 breweries here in the Syracuse area. 

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    Syracusan Charles F. Brannock invented the measuring device that tells the shoe salesman, what your size is. Also Nettleton patented the world’s first “Loafer” in 1933. 

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    Our State Fair in the longest running State Fair in the country, in fact it started in 1848.

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    Archabold stadium was the first totally poured concrete stadium in the country. 

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    At the turn of the century 90% of the nations garment pressing machines were manufactured right here in Syracuse. 

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    Cornelius Tyler Longstreet invented the first standardized clothing in the mid 1880’s. 

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    Elizabeth Blackwell graduated from Upstate Medical Center predecessor Geneva Medical College in 1849. 

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    Crouse Hinds manufactured the country’s first traffic light installed in Texas in 1921.

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    Robert E. Dietz can boast ownership of an English patent issued by Queen Victoria in 1873 for a self-setting animal trap better known as a mousetrap. 

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    The first woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court was a Syracuse University Grad. Belva Lockwood. 

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    27 antennae located on the moon were made in Syracuse by Sims.