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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:44 pm 
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We visited this park today, about 90 minutes from home. It began raining the second we pulled into the parking lot, so Elaine was the "umbrella holder" as I took a few photos of the 90 foot falls.

Originally known as the Black Creek Falls, the Legend of Noccalula, as written by Mathilde Bilbro, says that “long ago, on a mountain summit within sight and sound of a rushing waterfall, lived a great Indian chief whose young daughter, Noccalula, was famed far and wide for her beauty and loveliness of character.” Many gallant braves lobbied the old chief for the hand of Noccalula, but only one was favored by the girl’s father, a rich chief of a powerful neighboring tribe, who had much to offer in exchange: wampum, horses, and blankets. Noccalula pleaded that her heart was already given to a young brave from her own tribe.

This young warrior, though noted for his skill and valor, possessed little in worldly goods. The old chief refused to listen and ordered his daughter to make ready for the marriage he had arranged. What was a maiden’s silly fancy compared to many horses, much wampum, and union with another strong tribe? The girl’s lover was driven from the tribe and a marriage agreement was made with the neighboring chief.

The wedding day came and a great feast was prepared. In silence, Noccalula allowed herself to be arrayed in festive wedding robes. Overcome with grief, she quietly slipped away from the merrymakers during the festivities as the soft rhythmical rush of waters called her. For a moment, she stood poised upon the brink of the yawning chasm. One leap, and her troubles were over.

Heartbroken, the remorseful father gave the great cascade his daughter’s name. Since that day the waterfall has been called Noccalula.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:55 am 
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Interesting story and beautiful picture. Love the 'action' statue.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:31 am 
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That's a good read and I love the photo.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:01 am 
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Interesting and great pic Tom , thanks for sharing !
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:24 am 
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Neat Tom...Thanks for sharing.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:20 am 
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8) Great pic!

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:35 am 
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Interesting though sad story. Picture is wonderful!! Thanks!

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:23 pm 
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Such a pretty water falls, like Ann sad story....

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:34 pm 
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I thought we had heard a similar story about the Cohoes Falls in upstate NY, but this is what I can find:
Cohoes Falls is the second largest waterfall in New York State (after Niagara), measuring roughly 1,000 feet across and up to 90 feet high.
On the Mohawk River (between Cohoes and Waterford), discovered by the indigenous Mohawk tribe, the falls were originally named " Ga-ha-oose", meaning "the place of the falling canoe". There is even a legend surrounding the falls which tells of a chief's daughter who fell asleep in her canoe and drifted over the falls.

Alas, not a love story after all.

(I lived in Cohoes during the 1970's. The falls roar in Spring with Winter snowfall...often much more quiet in Summer and Autumn)

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:07 pm 
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Beautiful photo...with a sad story behind it.

Thanks for sharing Cap'n!

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Thanks Tom, not only a great pic but an interesting story to go with it :D

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