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The Legend of Virgin Bluff
Contributed by Shirley Evans

Virgin Bluff is a perpendicular rock formation high above Table Rock Lake in Stone County, Mo.
It is 1000 feet long and rises some 300 feet high. The James River once ran underneath the cliff in the valley below. This site is near Cape Fair, Missouri.

In the 16th century Delaware Indian tribes inhabited the area. Other tribes such as the Choctaw, Otto, Osage, Seneca, Chickasaw, and the Cherokee also called this country their home.
When Desoto, and his party, reached the area they made friends with the Indian tribes. Legend says that an Indian Chief refused to let his Princess daughter marry one of Desoto’s men. Whereby, she threw herself from the top of the high cliff.

During a certain season of the year, when the waters are high and the leaves have begun to bathe the top of the mountain in green, one can hear the death song of the Indian Princess under the bluff where she went to her death for the love of a Spaniard.