Falling Rock Story
An Indian chief, Rising Sun, was concerned with how white men were expanding across the forests, plains, and mountains. His tribe was very small, but as every tribe and nation was being overpowered and sent to reservations, he came up with a plan to save the People.
His son, Falling Rock, was a strong, intelligent, and trustworthy young man and Rising Sun loved him very much. Rising Sun asked Falling Rock to travel across the whole of the country and talk to every tribe he met. He was to convince them to join forces and repel the invasion of the white men.
Falling Rock left in the spring with 4 other braves.
When the leaves fell in late summer, one brave returned to Rising Sun to tell him that they had contacted all the tribes in the desert SouthWest.
When the snow began, another brave returned telling of their success with the Great Lakes tribes.
A third brave arrived home just as the spring flowers bloomed and told how the strong tribes of the Rocky Mountains were ready.
Finally, the last brave returned in high summer from the Eastern tribes with their promise to fight. This last brave also said that Falling Rock was now racing back to all the tribes, telling them to meet at the Mississippi river in the spring for the great war.
Rising Sun's small tribe prepared for battle and, when the snow melted, they traveled to the Mississippi. They waited there through spring and summer, but no other warriors arrived. At the end of summer, Rising Sun sent braves out in all directions to track down Falling Rock while the tribe waited.
By snowfall, all the warriors had reached the other tribes and returned to Rising Sun. All the tribes had waited to hear when the war was to take place, but Falling Rock had not been seen by any of them so they had stayed put. This worried Rising Sun terribly since he loved his son and missed him terribly.
The small tribe was forced to wait there through the harsh winter and when spring arrived, so did the white soldiers. They surrounded Rising Sun's tribe. Rising Sun knew they could never win without the other tribes so he talked to the leader of the soldiers.
Rising Sun promised to go peacefully to a reservation if the white men would promise to help him find his lost son. This was a small price for avoiding a fight so the white men agreed and Rising Sun's tribe did not resist.
To this day, Rising Sun waits for his son to return. And, to this day, the white men have held up their end of bargain struck that day. People across the country are still searching and everyone is asked to help. That is why you will see signs along the road that say, "Watch for Falling Rock".
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Mar 15, 2015 - Joe Coppinger
Heard this story my entire life. Born a native american (Cherokee Nation - CDIB)The story is misleading - the white man has "used" the native americans - everything from Andrew Jackson move to the Gov't extermination attempts to even once oil was discovered in their "newly native relocated place" to move in on them again and violate the treaties without a care for cause. As a Native and a US Citizen I take great pride in my country and heritage, but I also take great pride in honesty. Honesty has been a hard thing it seems for most actions concerning the government and the native americans.. Please understand american is not soley for the United States, america is a continent..
Jun 30, 2015 - john
joe coppinger I agree with you so I have re-written the story portraying the Indians in a much better light - I just wanted you to know - it will be out the beginning of the month of august and I hope you like this story better - good luck and long life
May 22, 2016 - casilda chenier
Did you re-write the story? Could you post a link?
Jul 22, 2016 - Stephanie
I was driving through the mountains in Tennessee as I did many times traveling to my grandparents houses growing up. I saw a sign reading "watch for falling rock" and fondly remembered the story my father told us each time we saw the same sign. He passed away shortly after my 14 year-old son was born and he loves hearing stories about his granddaddy. I was thrilled to find the story online and am now passing the story on to a new generation.
Aug 28, 2016 - Glenn
Being from the Powhatan Confederacy I too have heard this story my entire life from my uncle. As a grandfather of 6 and now " the great story teller" I tell this story with a different twist. On a recent trip up north with 3 of my grandchildren I saw my "watch for falling Rock" sign. I gave my twist and had all 3 of my grandchildren searching every bend in every road for a Brave trying to return home. The adults were laughing so hard that my take on this story was beautiful. I was told my version was excellent and brought many smiles and deep laughter to the children. Bless you all
Feb 26, 2018 - Alexandra
I heard that my Great Great and so one Grandfather was a fur seller and Broken Shoulder and Falling Rock were his helpers. And there was a bad Snowstorm and they traveled to sell the fur, but the people never got their fur and they never returned. So my family history is pretty cool.
Jun 17, 2019 - Earl Fridley
I know where falling rock came from I think . And you guys are right expansion commercialism . Joe coppinger thank you that helps me in my reasearch here in wva . The legend is true .
Jan 13, 2020 - Earl
Come to falling rock WV . There is a hint here that there was once a tribe there .part tge danger trail in pioneer days etc through the"wilderness" of WV
Feb 13, 2022 - Casey Mac
I'm Canadian and I vividly remember my Grade 7 library director telling myself and a classmate this story on a book buying day trip for our school. This was in 1980 or 1981. We had literally just seen this sign on our drive. I remember that trip and this story to this day.
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