ENDWELL is a hamlet (and census-designated place ) located in the
town of Union in Broome County , New York ,
Endwell is situated between the villages of Endicott and Johnson City . It is west of Binghamton and is considered a suburb of that city.
Endwell is also the home of a popular local park, Highland Park, well
known in the area for its annual
Fourth of July
* 1 History * 2 Geography * 3 Demographics * 4 References
Endwell used to be known as "Hooper," but the name had to be changed in 1921 because of post office regulations. There were too many locations in the state with the name Hooper. The most likely story, shared by an elderly man who attended the meeting to change the name: Endicott Johnson Corporation was producing a line of shoes called the "Endwell". An advertisement for the shoes read, "Wear the Endwell shoes and your day will end well."
Hooper was part of the town of Union in Broome County and first appears on a map in the early 1850s as a depot of the newly constructed Erie Railroad at the intersection of what is now Hooper Road and the Norfolk Southern Railway . (The original site of Hooper is now underneath the overpass carrying Hooper Road over the railroad tracks and State Route 17C.) The main road along the north bank of the Susquehanna River , existing since colonial times and long before as an Indian trail, passed just to the south. It was common practice at the time to name depots for landowners who donated or leased land to the railroad to construct a depot, and this is where the name "Hooper" came from.
Up until 1890, the only settlements on the north side of the Susquehanna River between Binghamton and Owego were Hooper and Union (at the intersection of what is now Route 26N and Route 17C).
Several businesses were located near this commercial site from 1850 to 1950, including a creamery (dairy plant) reflecting the predominantly dairy -based economy in the immediate surrounding area at the time. A US post office named Hooper was established in one of the general stores near this site in 1853, and "Hooper" was the term commonly used for the unincorporated area of the town of Union between the villages of Johnson City and Endicott until "Endwell" was adopted in 1921. The Town Council of Union has been the local government of what is now Endwell since 1791, although over the years some functions have been taken over by Broome County (poor relief/social services) and by New York State (policing).
Hooper School (now demolished), located a quarter mile west of the depot on the north side of East Main Street, provided primary education (kindergarten-8th grade, K-6 after 1954) for area children from 1923 to 1971. A nationally recognized "state-of-the-art" school when it was built, Hooper School supplanted the railroad depot as the center of the community. Graduates of Hooper School who went on to what was then called "secondary" education attended Union-Endicott High School until the opening of Maine-Endwell Central High School in 1961. Other schools were located on this site dating back to 1876.
What is now Endwell was largely a rural area well into the 20th century. It was in fact a dense forest pierced by Patterson Creek, and the original industry in Endwell dating back to about 1800 was logging . Commercially valuable trees (predominantly oak) were cut down and dragged by oxen down to the Susquehanna. As the snow melted in the spring and the river rose to navigable depth, these logs were lashed together into rafts and floated down the river to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania , where they were broken up and sold as lumber. Permanent settlement began around 1820 along Patterson Creek which flowed into the Susquehanna and was attractive as a water supply and water power source for sawmills . By 1860 economic activity in the area was based on dairy farms along Hooper and Farm-to-Market Roads, second-growth logging, and the railroad depot.
At this time, the only roads in the area were Hooper, Farm-to-Market, Taft, Twist Run, and East Main (current names). The hilly terrain and relatively poor soil quality meant that only a pasture/livestock-based agriculture was viable, and the area was sparsely settled compared to other areas of Broome County. During the 1890s, significant commercial and residential development began along the East Main Street corridor (State Route 17C), including a horse-drawn streetcar line, which connected the growing villages of Johnson City and Endicott. These villages grew very rapidly between 1890 and 1920 because of the success of the Endicott Johnson Corporation , a shoe manufacturer. Wealthy residents of Binghamton in this horse-and-buggy era also maintained numerous weekend/summer homes in what is now Endwell.
The area was best known from the 1850s to the early 1900s for the
Carmel Grove Campgrounds located about half a mile north of the depot
on the east side of Hooper Road, near the intersection of what is now
Country Club Road. Originally created by the
Endwell appears as it does today because of the rapid growth of
nearby Endicott-based International Business Machines (
A few big names in sports have lived, or were born here, including
Mike Dunham (longtime NHL goalie, now goalie coach for the New York
Islanders ) and
Isaiah Kacyvenski (starter for the Seattle Seahawks
for 5 years-and was
Endwell is located at 42°6′54″N 76°1′34″W / 42.11500°N 76.02611°W / 42.11500; -76.02611 (42.114974, -76.025991).
According to the
The Highland Park
As of the census of 2000, there were 11,706 people, 5,187 households, and 3,340 families residing in the community. The population density was 3,179.4 per square mile (1,228.2/km²). There were 5,414 housing units at an average density of 1,470.5/sq mi (568.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.48% White , 1.32% African American , 0.09% Native American , 1.72% Asian , 0.01% Pacific Islander , 0.47% from other races , and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.27% of the population.
There were 5,187 households out of which 25.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.6% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.83.
In the community, the population was spread out with 21.0% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 21.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.8 males.
The median income for a household in the community was $41,212, and the median income for a family was $51,881. Males had a median income of $40,407 versus $25,516 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $24,069. About 3.9% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line , including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 2.7% of those age 65 or over.
* ^ A B "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data
(G001): Endwell CDP, New York". U.S.
* v * t * e
Municipalities and communities of Broome County, New York , United States
County seat : BINGHAMTON
* Barker * Binghamton * Chenango * Colesville * Conklin * Dickinson * Fenton * Kirkwood * Lisle * Maine * Nanticoke * Sanford * Triangle * Union * Vestal * Windsor
* Deposit ‡ * Endicott * Johnson City * Lisle * Port Dickinson * Whitney Point * Windsor
* Binghamton University * Chenango Bridge * Endwell * Glen Aubrey
* Center Lisle * Chenango Forks * Hillcrest * Nineveh
FOOTNOTES ‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties