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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  • Exciting waterfall that is very accessible to the car. Until last October, there is also a walk path very close to the situation, but we were a bit late and got to see it at a distance. Clearly worth seeing. Interesting urban setting in the city around also. Worn industrial environment that is far from the big capitals polished surfaces.
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  • very spectacular view!! great place to go enjoy nature without having to leave the city. well groomed area  more »
  • I have lived in the Capital District for 40 plus years but hadn't been to the Cohoes Falls until moving closer. I was quite surprised with the beauty and history of the Cohoes area including the adjac...  more »

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