Now you’re at the corner of First and Main, and if you look left across Main Street, there’s a building with a painted sign on it. It says Smith Sprayers. It’s kind of faded but you can still read it. That was where the D.B. Smith Company was located. They built farm-spraying equipment that was used by farmers all over the country.
Now to the right of Smith Sprayers, there’s a building that says Hurd across the top.
That’s the Hurd Shoe Company building. The Hurd Shoe Company in the late 1800s was one of four shoe companies in Utica. Which made Utica one of the major shoe manufacturing sites in the country.