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The cheat area is to be respected

September 3, 2011
By Kenneth Cobb , The Inter-Mountain

It has often been said that Cheat Mountain and River got their named because both have cheated many people out of their lives by drowning or by isolating them in severe winter weather. This could be quite true. However, the real reason this area got its name is from a French explorer named Cheat or Chaet, or from an abundance of cheat grass (a possible misidentification of frost-killed wheat) growing along its banks. The Delaware Indians name for the Cheat River was "Ach-sin-ha-nac" meaning stony river.



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