Formerly there dwelt under a Niagara Falls a gigantic snake which now and then would make its way to an Iroquis Indian Village in the neighbourhood and coil itself around the town. It swallowed the people who tried to escape and rendered itself further obnoxious by poisoning the wells with its spittle.
Finally one day it was destroyed by a stratagem. It was so huge that when people laid its body out in death it stretched over more than 20 arrow flights. Indeed when thrown into the river it was too large to pass the rocks so that it became wedged in between them and the water passed over it. Thus fashioning the horseshoe which remains today.
It seems snakes and native lore were the shaping of Niagara Falls.. here is another story here:
Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 16 Apr 1957, Tue, Page 12
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