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N 42° 03.835 W 079° 28.808
17T E 625747 N 4657990
Quick Description: With a population of 491 in 2000 and a total area of 2.2 square miles, Panama, NY is just a bit smaller than its namesake.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 9/15/2011 9:45:46 AM
Waymark Code: WMCK30
The Village of Panama was incorporated in 1861.
Among many early setlers was George Hawkins purchsed lot 50 in 1825. He was born in 1802, Oneida County, New York. About 1827 he married Rhoda Powers. She was born 1806. Together they cleared land to make a living. George died in 1883 and Rhoda in 1900. Rhoda's father was Simeon Powers who established a Baptist church in the area. George's parents are unknown. Both are buried in Panama Union cemetery, Panama New York under one headstone.
The U.S. Post Office at Panama was established in 1826. This was the first, officially recorded, use of the name "Panama". The traditional story that Panama got its name from had been across the Isthmus of Panama, and said local rock formations reminded him of Panama's rocks. It is possible that this person was Mr. Moses Cushman Marsh, who operated a trading company in Panama, and was Panama's first postmaster. He had previously had a business in Cuba, and he may have been across the Isthmus of Panama.
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