Cohoes Falls

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The Cohoes Falls on the Mohawk River were discovered by the Mohawk tribe; its similar name in the native language means “Place of the Falling Canoe.” According to legend, a Native American girl was boating one summer night when she fell to her death over the falls. Her ghost has been seen during full-moon nights paddling against the rapids. She is wearing war paint and tomahawk hair.

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Cohoes Falls
Cohoes, NY
United States

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42.78759311329571, -73.70863223084598
Albany County, New York
Nearest Towns:
Cohoes, NY (1.0 mi.)
Waterford, NY (1.4 mi.)
Green Island, NY (3.1 mi.)
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Menands, NY (6.7 mi.)
Niskayuna, NY (7.0 mi.)
Wynantskill, NY (7.1 mi.)
Colonie, NY (8.0 mi.)
Mechanicville, NY (8.0 mi.)

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  1. Cohoes Falls is not haunted. There are no bodies buried there. Rather a short distance from there is the Mahican village of Nachtenack (900 AD – 1624) which is present day Waterford. Indians have been coming here for thousands of years because of fishing.

    The Owaskos and later the Kanienkehaka called where the Mohawk River empties into the Hudson Tiosaronda “where streams empty themselves”. Peebles Island and Van Schaick Island was called Quahemiscos by the Mahicans. The islands is covered with Indian hearths and dead bodies. Somewhere there is the mass grave of the Mahicans that perished during he pandemic
    where over 90% of their population was wiped out.

    In the Village of Waterford there is layer after layer of dead Indian bodies buried everywhere there going back 15,000 years. Every sewer expansion comes with an Indian re-interrment.

    The Town is a giant Poltergeist.

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