It started out as a conversation about how you know that you are from the Southern Tier of New York and then we started talking about the Triple Cites. I knew Binghamton was one of the cities but I wasn't sure about the other two. One name I guessed correctly and I was WAY OFF on the other one. Here are the three along with how they got their names.

What Towns Make Up The Triple Cities

Binghamton: Binghamton was named after William Bingham. He was a delegate for Pennsylvania to the Continental Congress from 1786 to 1788. He came from Philadelphia to our region in 1786 and bought 10,000 acres that consisted of parts of Union and Chenango. He developed the area and named it "Chenango Point."

Bingham was one of the wealthiest men in the country and was considered to be the richest person in the US in 1780. Binghamton's nickname is the "Parlor City" and is a part of the "Triple Cities."

Johnson City: Johnson City was originally the village of Lestershire. In 1916, it was renamed Johnson City in honor of George F. Johnson who was the head of the company, Endicott Johnson. Johnson City is also part of the Triple Cities.

Union: During the American Revolution, soldiers were sent through the region that included advances by General Poor and General Sullivan as they lead the troops on separate fronts.

The soldiers reunited at the site of Union and that's where it got its name. The town of Union was established in 1791. The town was later reduced in size by the formation of other towns that included Owego, Lisle, Greene, Vestal, and Maine. WOW, the town of Union was huge in the beginning.

If you ask someone what three cities make up the Triple Cities, everyone gets Binghamton correct. However many of them don't spell "Binghamton" correctly, you would be amazed at how often it's spelled "Binghampton."

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