For a bit of variety on this trip I got off I-81 and drove down North Salina Street to downtown Syracuse. Syracuse is an interesting city. It was an Erie Canal boomtown and has a rich history. The old downtown area is densely built and has a big city feel to it. I visited the Erie Canal Museum. It is small but comprehensive and includes lots of Syracuse artifacts. One highlight is the foot-measuring Brannock Device. Invented in Syracuse by Charles Brannock in 1925, the device standardized foot measurements and greatly reduced the incidence of ill-fitting shoes.