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To the left of the photo is the stream that bacomes Issaqueena Falls; to the right is a bridge over the stream that trails up the mountain. Up or Down relates to the stream going down to the falls, the bridge and trail going up into the mountain.
From the placard:
"This beautiful waterfall is named for a Creek maiden called Issaqueena. As a girl, Issaqueena was captured by the Cherokee and given the name Cateechee. As a young woman she met and fell in love with a white trader named Allan Francis. One day she overheard a plan by the Cherokee to attack the settlements on the frontier. To warn her lover, she found a swift pony and rode 96 miles to his trading fort. One day, the Cherokee Chief, angered with the white settlers, sent his warriors to capture Issaqueena. Issaqueena saw them coming and ran toward this waterfall to escape capture. Knowing that the Cherokee believed evil spirits lived in waterfalls, she pretended to leap to her death. She hid on the ledge below the top of the waterfall where she remained until it was safe to rejoin her family. Her dramatic escape began the legend of Issaqueena Falls."
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