Cohoes Falls is the second largest waterfall in New York State, measuring roughly 1,000 feet across and up to 90 feet high. Located on the Mohawk river, a major waterway in the north west of the state of New York, the falls is shared by the city of Cohoes and the town of Waterford, New York.
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 a chief's daughter who fell asleep in her canoe and drifted over the falls.
The falls were fist sighted by European explorers and colonists in the mid 17th century and were considered one of the most famous natural phenomenon in America, especially since at that time, Niagra falls remained accessible only to fur traders.
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