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Cohoes Falls, Falls View Park, Cohoes

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Cohoes Falls Mohawk for "Canoe Falls"Mohawk] is a waterfall on the Mohawk River shared by the city of Cohoes and the town of Waterford, New York, United States. Discovered by the indigenous people, the falls were called Ga-ha-oose or Ga-ho'n'-yoos by the Mohawks, which is believed to mean "The Place of the Falling Canoe." Cohoes historian Arthur Masten wrote in his 1880 history that the phrase might mean "Potholes in the River," referring to the potholes that appear in the riverbed when it is dry. In the oral tradition of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), the Cohoes Falls are the site where The Great Peacemaker, performed a feat of supernatural strength, convincing the Mohawk people to become the founders of the Iroquois League of Nations or Confederacy. Some historians believe the Mohawks launched the Confederacy as early as 1142 CE, though other experts report dates ranging from 1450-1650.Celebrated by 18th-century travelers in letters and journals, the Cohoes Falls, also called The Great Falls of the Mohawk, were regarded as the second most beautiful cataract in New York State after Niagara. In 1804, the national poet of Ireland, Thomas Moore, visited Cohoes and wrote a paean to the waterfall's beauty: "Lines Written at the Cohos, or Falls of the Mohawk River."
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  • Spring Run off at Flood stage. One of the unique times of the year you need to make a stop here. Visible 24 hours a day.  more »
  • Cohoes Falls is an amazing local attraction which gets far less attention than it deserves. The Falls View Park is a tremendous addition and easily accessible.  more »
  • The Cohoes Falls in winter time are a sight to see. The Rushing Water combined with AC cliff are certainly something to see. If you are in Cohoes it is a must-see.  more »