The Great Falls of Tinkers Creek
Tinkers Creek is named after Captain Joseph Tinker, the principal boatsman for Moses Cleaveland’s Survey Crew, who died in the fall of 1797 in a boating accident on the return to New England. Tinkers Creek is the largest tributary to the Cuyahoga River suplying 1/3 of the water that flows out to Lake Erie. Tinkers Creek flows through four of Ohio’s counties. The Headwaters of this system begin near State Route 43 in Sugar Bush Knolls.
Tinkers Creek, This Gorge and the Great Falls are the result of the Wisconsinian Glacier as it retreated thousands of years ago. The Rock walls before you were formed by a catastrophic global flood.. The Combination of sand and pressure worked together to form this sandstone. Prior to this, erosion caused dips and valleys in the underlying shale. Looking at the Great Falls the harder sandstone can be seen on top of the softer shale.
The continuous flow of water is causing the softer shale to erode at a faster pace than the harder sandstone. This is causing the sandstone to collaps under its own weight and fall to the base of the falls. This process is causing the falls to recede upstream, this is similar to Niagara Falls.
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