This phenomenon has spawned several legends, the most romantic of which involves two star-crossed lovers from rival Native American tribes. According to this legend, after being compelled to return to his own tribe and despairing that fate would forever prevent him from being with his true love, the despondent Native American man threw himself from the top of the chasm to certain death. But fate had another plan. According to the legend, his lover prayed for his return and the Great Spirit caused the winds within the gorge to blow so hard that the young man was safely returned to the top of the gorge and into the arms of his lover. Federal funding during the Great Depression financed the creation of roads-making this natural formation accessible to tens of thousands of tourists each year.