About a half hour north of Salt Lake City in a valley that is growing in population and size by the day, sits a city with a familiar name.
Syracuse, Utah — founded in 1935 has a lasting connection to Syracuse, New York.
Mayor Michael Gailey says both cities have a lot of salt in their history. In the late 1800s, a man named William Galbraith, a salt maker on the lake, printed the name Syracuse on his salt bags. The name came from a salt company he knew of in Syracuse, New York.
“Because of the mining of salt in Syracuse, New York, he saw the mining of salt in Salt Lake to be on par with what Syracuse New York did,” said Mayor Michael Gailey. “It was obvious he loved Syracuse New York.”
According to Syracuse, Utah City Manager Brody Bovero, his office receives calls from people in Central New York quite a bit. He says confusion with the name is what’s to blame
Just north of Salt Lake City where @Cuse_MBB will be playing is @syracusecity. That’s right– there’s a Syracuse in Utah– and they’re cheering for the Orange 🍊🏀‼️
City Manager Brody Bovero. says people from the 315 call them quite a bit! @Syracuse1848 @NewsChannel9 #LocalSYR pic.twitter.com/MH13Fhh1bZ— Josh Martin (@JoshMartinNC9) March 20, 2019
Mayor Gailey says he and his city will be cheering on the Orange Thursday night, and hopes they go far in the tournament.
“We wish you well. We will be cheering with you,” he said. “If you guys go all the way come back and we will set up another camera and dress everybody in Orange.”
You can learn more about the connection between the two cities here.