West Canada Creek - History


On October 30, 1781 became the West Canada's big moment in history when Walter Butler was killed along West Canada Creek near Black Creek. He was attempting to delay American forces and allow his Loyalist forces to escape after leading them in the Cherry Valley massacre. According to legend his body was stripped naked and left to the wolves propped up in an old tree stump.

The West Canada Creek got its name from being the western boundary of Sir William Johnson's Royal Land Grant, and because the Iriquois word for village is "Kanata" or Canada. Following the Revolutionary war, Arthur Noble II purchased some 80,000 acres (320 km2) in the present town of Ohio, and called it "Nobleboro", a vast wilderness empire for that time in history. He also founded Nobleboro, Maine on land he inherited from his father. The timber, fish, and game of the area have been exploited for centuries. All of the West Canada Creek is classified and protected under the NYS Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers System Act.

In 1863, William H. Seward, then Secretary of State to Abraham Lincoln, met with representatives of foreign nations at Trenton Falls to persuade them not to recognize the Confederacy.

From the bridge at Trenton falls to Cincinnati creek, the West Canada is open year round for fly fishing.

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