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Recorded within are early observations of the great cataract on the Mohawk River, Cohoes Falls, from the mid-1600s to the mid-1800s, followed by the history of Cohoes from its founding through 1877. Addressed in depth are the community’s evolution from a village into a city, with details on businesses, newspapers, churches, schools, fire departments, notable citizens, and civic organizations. The story of the famous Cohoes Mastodon is included as well.
The author also provided information of great value to genealogists and historians: death and obituary information on more than 525 residents, plus a record of village and city officials who served Cohoes.
Through this land runs an excellent river … it flows between two high rocky banks, and falls from a height equal to that of a church … the river falling with such a noise that we could hardly hear one another.… The water is as clear as crystal and as fresh as milk.… And when we had gone about ten or twelve rods further downwards from the fall, along the river, we saw a complete rainbow … this is always to be seen by those who go there. —Rev. Johannes Megapolensis, 1642