City of Syracuse

tyytyuhythr495 Midland Street
Syracuse, NE 68446
Phone: (402) 269-2173
Peggy Hobscheidt - Clerk
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Office Hours:
Monday through Friday

8:00AM to 4:30PM

 


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"Syracuse had an unusual origin. The name appears at a site southeast of Unadilla in 1856, nearly six miles west of its present location where salt was discovered. To claim the land, the "Syracuse Town Company" was formed. Named for the great salt entity in New York, it was hoped that a similar market would develop. Salt mining was not successful and it soon died down, but the name was not forgotten.
 
A 'postal drop' established at a farm in Syracuse precinct was lost in 1863 when another man acquired the office and moved it to his place of business on "Nursery Hill," west of our present location. Some historians suggest that present-day Syracuse was an outgrowth of that settlement. However, those observations are not entirely correct, since the earlier Syracuse postal address was moved to Nursery Hill, it was not the predecessor -- only an interim step.
 
The first root for the present town of Syracuse was planted in the late 1850s when a school was established. It continued as settlement increased. In 1869, when talk of a railroad coming through the area got serious, a Mr. Thorn gave 100 acres of land to the Midland Pacific Railway, and Dr. J. N. Converse and L.E. Sinsabaugh laid out a town. In 1871, when the railroad was completed to Lincoln, the station was given the name 'Syracuse.'
 
The importance of the railroad was immediately felt. As Syracuse became a major shipping point in the county, buildings sprang up at a rapid pace. Nursery Hill's two stores and post office were moved to the new town, and on March 6, 1872, the post office became 'Syracuse' again. Incorporation was accomplished on January 6, 1875.
 
Syracuse also grew as an agricultural center. In 1878 over 350 cars of grain and 100 carloads of livestock were shipped from this station. The original town was built primarily on the bottomland near the tracks, but it gradually moved to the higher ground. By 1879 the population was upwards of 500 residents, and in 1882 over 80 services were listed, including a carriage factory. A stone quarry was developed five miles from Syracuse. Some of its light-gray stone was used to build the state penitentiary at Lincoln." (1)
 
 
Cemeteries:
 
Evangelical Lutheran (Delaware) Cemetery
 
Fairview-Dudley Cemetery
 
Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery
 
Park Hill Cemetery
 
North Branch Lutheran Cemetery
 
Warner Cemetery
 
 
Churches:
 
Luther Memorial Church
Syracuse-Townshipelement2701162 Mohawk St.
Syracuse, NE 68446
(402) 269-2360
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St. John's United Church of Christ
Syracuse-Townshipelement271700 Plum St.
Syracuse, NE 68446
(402) 269-2562
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St. Paulinus Catholic Church
Syracuse-Townshipelement272863 5th St.
Syracuse, NE 68446
(402) 269-3382
 
Syracuse Baptist Church
Syracuse-Townshipelement273100 Parker Dr.
Syracuse, NE 68446
(402) 269-2205
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Syracuse United Methodist Church
Syracuse-Townshipelement274560 6th St.
Syracuse, NE 68446
(402) 269-2161
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Historical Attractions:
 
Otoe County Museum of Memories
Syracuse-Townshipelement290366 Poplar St.
Syracuse, NE 68446
(402) 269-2355
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History:
 
CASDE - UNL
 
 
Libraries:
 
Syracuse Public Library
Syracuse-Townshipelement300496 6th St.
Syracuse, NE 68446
(402) 269-2336
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Mortuaries:
 
Fusselman-Allen-Harvey Funeral Home
644 Park St.
Syracuse, NE 68446
(402) 269-2441
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Organizations:
 
American Legion Post #100
527 5th Street
Syracuse, Nebraska  68446
 
Lions Club #13428
303 Railroad Ave.
Syracuse, NE 68446
 
Mount Moriah Masonic Lodge #57
281 5th St.
Syracuse, NE 68446
 
Mid-County VFW Post #5547
527 5th St
Syracuse, NE 68446
(402) 269-3231
 
 
Publications:
 
"For the Record - The Centennial History of Syracuse, Nebraska"
Written by Otoe County historian, Margaret Dale Masters, this 150-page publications documents Syracuse's history from 1871 to 1971.  Includes many names from the past 100 years of Syracuse's existence.
 
 
"Keeping A Roof Over Their Heads"
This publication documents the history of the Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca Public Schools and covers many names of the teachers and students who attended these schools.
 
*Both of these publications can be purchased through a donation to the Otoe County Museum of Memories.  Please contact the museum for further details.
 
Otoe County Museum of Memories
366 Poplar St.
Syracuse, NE 68446
Phone: (402) 269-2355
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Web Links:
 
Syracuse Chamber of Commenrce
 
 
 
Works Cited:
 

(1) CASDE | Syracuse -- Otoe County." CASDE | Virtual Nebraska. University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2005. Web. 25 July 2010.