Utica, New York, the seat of Oneida County. It is in the central part of the state about 80 miles (129 km) northwest of Albany and 45 miles (72 km) east of Syracuse. The city lies in the Mohawk Valley and is a trade and industrial center for a rich farming and dairying area. Products manufactured here include textiles, electronic equipment, machinery, and tools. Utica has wide, treelined boulevards and many large and beautiful parks. It has an art school and art museum, and the Oneida County Historical Society Museum houses relics connected with county history.
Utica is on ground that was part of a royal grant made by King George II to William Cosby and his associates in 1734. A German settlement of 1773 was destroyed by a raid of Indians and Tories in 1776. Utica was incorporated as a village in 1798. Located along the Erie Canal, the village grew to become a prosperous industrial center after the completion of the canal in 1825. Utica was chartered as a city in 1832.