Place:Owego (town), Tioga, New York, United States

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NameOwego (town)
Alt namesOwego
TypeTown
Coordinates42.1°N 76.25°W
Located inTioga, New York, United States


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Owego is a town in Tioga County, New York, United States. The population was 19,883 at the 2010 census. The name is derived from the Iroquois word Ahwaga, meaning where the valley widens.

The Town of Owego is in the southeast corner of the county. There is also a village of Owego in the western part of the town. Both town and village are west of Binghamton, New York.

History

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The town was first settled around 1786. The "Original Town of Owego" was created at the time Tioga County was formed in 1791. This original town was reduced by formation of later towns in the county. The town's name is a derivative of the Iroquois word "Ahwaga", which means "where the valley widens". This name came from the vast floods that run into the valley when the winter snows melt, which caused several deaths a year.

The current Town of Owego was formed as the "Town of Tioga" in 1800 from the Town of Union (now in Broome County).

Confusion over the location of the Village of Owego caused the legislature to have the Town of Owego and the Town of Tioga to switch names in 1813 so that Owego village was in the same-named town.

The Hiawatha Farm, Waits Methodist Episcopal Church and Cemetery, and Vesper Cliff are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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