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HershioTantenmuskaly settled near these falls in 1700, and lived his life out as "The Mad Hermit" of the Shawangunk Mountains.
His exploits included jumping from a ridge onto the tops of pine trees on a bet, punching General Berterund's horse in the mouth while visiting Fishkill, also on a bet, and challenging any passers- by to naked wrestling matches, presumably for wagers.
He took the bet of sitting under these falls in the winter of 1738 and died here.
Legend has it that during the coldest days, one can hear the chattering of teeth near water's edge.
The British, who occassionally employed Hershio as a guide and hucksacker to the local Indians, honored him by adopting a cliche phrase describing cynical doubt of an incredible tale that is still in use today: "Yeah, sure, I bet"
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