Utica Travel Guide

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Utica Overview

Utica is part of the Mohawk River Valley, settled during the 18th century. Before Europeans, the land was occupied by the Oneida Tribe, part of the mighty Iroquois Nation. In 1758, Fort Schulyer was constructed to control fur trade. In the early 1800's work had begun on the Erie Canal, giving Utica increased importance as the canal traveled right through the town. Prior to the Civil War, Utica was the state's – if not the nation's – textile capital. While today's Utica bears little resemblance to that 19th-century textile town, its economy is still strong. Visitors should check out the Oneida County Historical Society Museum on Genesee Street, Utica Zoo and its resident sea lions, and FX Matt Brewing Company – where tasty Saranac ales and pilsners are brewed and then sampled by guests at the 1888 Tavern.