The quick answer. The moniker stemmed from a newspaper war between Claremont and Lebanon during the early 1950s. The upstart Valley News sought to take away the northern half of the old Claremont Daily Eagle's circulation area by focusing coverage on the upper valley portion of what the Eagle called the "Twin State Valley"
"When you get right down to it the term 'Upper Valley' is preposterous," says former New Hampshire agriculture commissioner Steve Taylor in a talk to the 2017 class of Vital Communities' "Leadership Upper Valley" program.
Wanna learn more? In this video clip, prepared by CATV, Taylor tells the tale of the term's origins and explains why residents of Colebrook, Lancaster and St. Johnsbury say, "You're telling us the Connecticut River flows uphill from Wilder Dam?"
Extra Credit: Take a deep dive into the geological, economic and history of the Upper Valley as presented Kevin Peterson of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and Steve Taylor in this 90-minute program recorded by CATV. Click here to see the video.