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The Story of Cooperstown

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Author: Ralph Birdsall
Published: 1917
Language: English
Wordcount: 98,592 / 297 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 50.7
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 203
Added to site: 2006.06.20 13709
Genre: History


[Illustration: COUNCIL ROCK]

When Fenimore Cooper, in The Deerslayer, describes Council Rock as a favorite meeting place of the Indians, where the tribes resorted "to make their treaties and bury their hatchets," he claims a picturesque bit of stage setting for his drama, but also records an early tradition. This rock, sometimes called Otsego Rock, standing forth from the water where the Susquehanna emerges from the lake, had been a favorite landmark for the rendezvous of Indians. As one views it now, from the foot of River Street, it lifts its rounded top not quite so high above the water as when Cooper described it in 1841. The damming of the Susquehanna to furnish power for the village water supply has raised the whole level of Otsego Lake, and gives an artificial fullness to the first reaches of the long river.

Whether Cooperstown stands upon the site of an old Indian village is a debated question. Richard Smith's journal describes his visit at the foot of Otsego Lake in



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