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The Legend of Horseshoe Falls

The Legend of Horseshoe Falls




I love all history and once in awhile I lurk out of Lanark County to find some other tidbits. This was from the The Chilliwack Progress,  26 Apr 1899, Wed,  Page 2



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:

The Real Maid of the Mist: Niagara’s Famous Legend

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  16 Apr 1957, Tue,  Page 12



Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.



Rideau Ferry Road– Black Snakes Bridges and SS#6

Local Sea Serpent Positively Seen This Time!!

The Sea Serpents of Lake Ontario

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