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Towanda in Bradford County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Naming of Towanda

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., October 23, 2017
1. Naming of Towanda Marker
Inscription.

When the first European settlers came to Towanda it was covered with a dense growth of timber and shrubs from which came its first name "Canewood." The name Towanda is an Indian term. Awandae in the Nanticoke tongue signified "a burial place." Towandaemunk in the Delaware language means "where there is a burying," or "where we bury the dead." Legend attributes the name of Towanda Creek, named after young Chief "Towanda." Other sources indicate the name to be derived from Gowanda, an Indian word meaning "a town among the hills by the waterside" or from Dawantan, an Iroquois word signifying "fretful or tedious." Other early placenames were Meansville, Overton, Monmouth, Claverack, Vauxhall, and Williamston.
 
Location. 41° 45.992′ N, 76° 26.506′ W. Marker is in Towanda, Pennsylvania, in Bradford County. Marker is at the intersection of River Street/Merrill Parkway and Pine Street, on the right when traveling north on River Street/Merrill Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Towanda PA 18848, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frost's Furniture Factory (within shouting distance of this marker); First Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Courthouse Annex

Naming of Towanda Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 23, 2017
2. Naming of Towanda Marker
Susquehanna River in background
(within shouting distance of this marker); World War I Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bradford County Soldiers & Sailors Monument (about 400 feet away); Bradford County Courthouse (about 400 feet away); History of 312 Main St. (about 400 feet away); Masonic Building (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Towanda.
 
Also see . . .
1. Towanda Township History. (Submitted on November 6, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. 1843 History of Bradford County, Pennsylvania. (Submitted on November 6, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 6, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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