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IDAHO: The water babies of Massacre Rocks

Water babies are a Native American legend that are found in a couple of different places in America, but most famously in Pocatello at the Massacre Rocks State Park.

The Shoshone tribe was first recorded in 1805 and were roaming the Great Plains as early as the 1500s, so it’s not clear when exactly this legend originated. But the story goes that the Shoshone experienced an extreme famine, and mothers were forced to drown their babies in the river rather than watch their children starve.

Today, some people claim that if you sit quietly at the river by Massacre Rocks you’ll hear the sound of babies crying. Other stories say that these babies grew gills and fins and survived — and now they seek revenge on their mothers by luring unsuspecting victims to their deaths in the river.

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