Owego in Tioga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Susquehanna River
The Susquehanna is fairly shallow; its course meanders erratically. There are no thundering waterfalls or magnificent canyons on its path. Compared to the Hudson, the Delaware, the Ohio and many others, the Susquehanna has been a rather quiet and nondescript river that hasn't rated much mention in either history or geography books. But to the communities that line its banks along much of its length, it is the single most important factor in their history.
When the early settlers came here in the late 1700s, the virgin forests were abundant with trees such
Some loads of extra long timber were used for masts on tall ships. Some timber was skillfully hewn into squares instead of leaving them round. These were often loaded into the holds of ocean vessels and shipped to England and Europe to augment their dwindling supply of trees. It is possible that today, in England and Europe, buildings may still be standing made from timber grown here in Tioga County.
The docks behind the businesses on Front Street saw arks, rafts, and Durham Boats (huge, deep canoes that carried goods and wares to Pennsylvania and on to the Chesapeake Bay).
For additional information, go to: www.villageofowego.com or www.visittioga.com
Location. 42° 6.168′ N, 76° 15.579′ W. Marker is in Owego, New York, in Tioga County. Marker is at the intersection of Front Street (New York State Route 17C) and Church Street, on the left when traveling west on Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Owego NY 13827, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Owego Riverwalk (here, next to this marker); Native American Roots (a few steps from this marker); On the Site of Owego (a few steps from this marker); Ahgawa Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Former Site (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1849 Great Fire (about 600 feet away); Tioga County Memorial (about 700 feet away); Ithaca-Owego RR (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Owego.
Also see . . .
1. Village of Owego. (Submitted on October 30, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Welcome to Tioga County, NY. (Submitted on October 30, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Categories. • Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
More. Search the internet for Owego Riverwalk.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 28, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 35 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 28, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.