Friday, November 13, 2009

November 13

November 13, 1829: Sam Patch died attempting a second jump from 125 feet over Rochester's High Falls on Friday, the 13th of November. He had successfully jumped the falls from 100 feet the previous week, but having raised insufficient donations from the spectators, he planned to repeat the stunt again, this time from a 25 foot platform. His fate was not known until the following spring when his body was recovered from ice in the river near Charlotte.

Sources and further reading:
  1. Rochester History Journal: v53, 1991 
  2. Wikipedia: Sam Patch
  3. United States magazine (1856) , Volume 3, pg 567-570 (source of illustration)

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