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OWEGO

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Originally appearing in Volume V20, Page 391 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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OWEGO, a village and the county-seat of Tioga county, New York, U.S.A., on the Owego Creek and on the N. side of the Susquehanna river, 21 M. W. of Binghamton. Pop. (19zo, U.S. census) 4633: It is served by the Erie, the Lehigh Valley and the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western railways; a branch of the last connects with Ithaca, N.Y. Owego occupies the site of an Indian (probably Tuscarora) village named " Ah-wa-ga," which was destroyed by General James Clinton in 1779. The name, of which " Owego " is a corruption, is said to mean " where the valley widens." A white settlement and trading post were set up here in 1785, and the village of Owego was incorporated in 1827.
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