About 10,000 years ago, a mile high sheet of ice covered Rocky Gorge and all of the White Mountains. When it melted, torrents of glacial melt water started the process of carving Rocky Gorge creating a waterfall over thousands of years of melting water and erosion. Swimming is not permitted in the falls at Rocky Gorge because of a near fatal accident in 1942. Dorothy Sparks, almost drowned at Rocky Gorge when she was trapped under the falls for 3 hours on July 20, 1942. She was saved by a trooper who thought he was recovering Dorothy's body.
At least two other non-fatal accidents, each involving two people, have occurred since 1942.
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