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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  • August 10, 2017
    Take every opportunity you can to see these gorgeous falls. Very hard to find, even with directions, but so worth the effort.  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    This park is not very large, but it has a very nice view of Cohoes Falls. It sits on Power Company property and is fairly well maintained. The lower view is accessible by a long stairway only (85 stai...  more »
  • July 16, 2017
    This historic landmark is changeable with the seasons. Winter is icy wonder, Spring it is a raging river, summer may be a refreshing spray, by Fall it is a quiet oasis. Parking lot is good size, easy ...  more »

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