The town of Syracuse, the county seat for Hamilton County, began as a water tank and a railroad side track in 1873. By 1888 it had a population of 1,300. Syracuse has always been a popular place to live, with many opportunities linked to the land; it lies along the Arkansas River making it one of the most productive areas for wheat, hay, corn and milo. Our agriculture based economy is also fortified with feedlots and dairies. The huge elevators and shiny railroad tracks reveal the major source of our prosperity. Syracuse is a town of values, friendliness and is an excellent place to raise a family.
The Northrup Theatre, located at 116 North Main in Syracuse, opened April 7, 1930. The building, owned and operated by the Chamber of Commerce, has been completely restored. A digital system with 3D capabilities was installed in 2011. Weekend shows play at 700PM MT – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. For more information or a guided tour you can call Krista Norton, Theatre Manager, at 620.384.7688.
For about 5 miles just west of Syracuse, Highway 50 follows the original path of the mountain route of the Sante Fe Trail.
If you’re feeling adventurous take the river road along the south side of the river from Syracuse to Coolidge. It is a beautiful drive with the Arkansas River on one side, surrounded by cottonwoods, and on the other side, sage covered hills and wildflowers.
*Syracuse-Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce Board Members*
Steve Phillips, President
Mark Davis, Vice President
Stacey Addison, Secretary
Denise Finlay, Treasurer