The program will explore the various sites that were used over the decades to house Onondaga County government. The actual locations are directly reflective of the community’s growth. The courthouse’s location was influenced by turnpike construction, salt manufacturing, canal building and finally, the City Beautiful Movement of the early 20th century. Along the way, a cast of historic characters had their sway as well. There were intense civic rivalries, conspiring land speculators, shrewd politicians, conniving salt boilers, and secretive arsonists. It is also the story of changing architectural styles, historic preservation battles, and visionary citizens.

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