In the early 1800’s the salt industry was on the rise in the state of New York, and it was on the rise before the Erie Canal was even built. Both the timing and geographic proximity of these events made for a tremendous impact on the state of New York’s economy at the time. The construction of the Erie Canal made it possible to distribute salt at a much larger scale than before, and this took the industry to a completely new level as salt was already in high demand. The salt industry in Syracuse was already on the incline at the time, but the industry would have never seen the exponential growth that it did without the Erie Canal being right in it’s backyard. Reservations in the area contributed millions of dollars to go towards construction of the Canal(1), and it seems those investments paid off. (Image above is from Source 2 in bibliography)