Modern-day photo of Goat Island, the location Sam Patch jumped in 1829.
Backstory and Context
Sam Patch leaped into the water below with his hands behind his back, he made this magnificent leap as onlookers gasped and applauded as they watched him emerge alive.
However, Patch did not stop at only one leap. Rather decided to risk the feat a second time. Discovering a 125 ft platform built on top of two ladders that were fixed on a cliff below Goat Island, Patch once again leaped as thousands of people watched on. This jump lead him to offers from all across the world to see him jump from high falls.
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Paul E., Johnson. Sam Patch, the Famous Jumper. New York: Hill and Wang, 2003.