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The Infamous Niagara Falls Then and Now, The Exciting Activities To Do, The Exquisite Beauty Of The Falls

Updated on January 2, 2018

An Amazing Photo Of What The Maid Of The Mist in the 1940's


The History And The Famous Daredevils That Have Tempted The Challenge Of Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls USA is a location extremely rich in cultural heritage and its remarkable past. Stories go back to the daredevils who have attempted to take on the powerful falls by riding the falls and taking the plunge. There is a museum dedicated for visitors to marvel at and the primitive man made barrels used in their venture. There have been several daredevils that have tempted to conquer Niagara Falls. Both the American side and the Canadian side of the falls is a sight to behold. Niagara Falls is majestic and the power is staggering. Niagara Falls has the highest cascading rate of any waterfall in the world. Also, the torrent water that gushes over the vertical plummet of 165 feet thrust onto thousands of jagged boulders and rocks below. Awe inspiring Niagara Falls has lured in sightseers for hundreds of years. Many individuals wished for the possibility of immediate fame for performing death defining stunts while at the falls.

A man dove into the Niagara River the first time at 85 feet above the mighty falls, his name was Sam Patch. Later on the same year he tested fate again, this time at 130 feet. In the 1880”s Carlisle Graham who was a barrel maker was successful maneuvering through and over the pounding rapids. Actually, this is how the well-known connection began between Niagara Falls and barrels. All the survivors didn’t reach fame or become rich. In reality, it is currently considered a criminal offense to try a stunt not having a license. The fine is rather steep, $10,000 but this still has not deterred the thrill seekers to stop trying. Nevertheless, the Niagara Falls daredevils were the very first thrill seekers as well as adrenaline junkies.

Not every person who survived the Niagara Falls was an adventurer. A seven-year-old survived an accident involving a boat and was rescued by the Maid of the Mist boat. Another incident involved two men who also survived in 2009 and 2012. These risk takers deliberately plan the challenge of going over the falls with dreams of conquering the violent Niagara. Possibly it was captivating being the ultimate dare to live through a trip over the tremendous falls. There was no greater challenge than man or woman versus nature’s spectacular wonder.

The first person to make it over the falls was a 63 year old woman, Annie Taylor. Her creation was a pickle barrel on her birthday. There was only a couple of things that protected her from the thunder of Niagara was the barrel containing compressed air from a bicycle pump and what she called her lucky pillow. After the barrel was shut, with only a cork which separated her from the rushing river water, Ms. Taylor taken course lead her towards the American shore. After only 17 minutes she was pulled out from the pickle barrel. She was in great shape, with only a slight cut on her head.

Dave Munday holds the record of being the sole person to go over the falls 2 times. He was a thrill seeker being a skydiving instructor, helicopter as well as an aircraft pilot. So Munday yearned to attempt the challenge, His barrel was constructed from red aluminum. He became the ninth person to survive the falls on October 5th in 1985. He actually video- taped the entire trip. But he was slapped with a hefty fine amounting to $1,500.00 for his reckless actions. Munday’s second venture was August 26th, 1993, this time in a retrofitted diving bell. This time he was completely knocked unconscious by this thrust and tumble. Not long after he was rescued by the Maid of the Mist tour boat.

The intriguing information of Niagara Falls began more than an astonishing 12,000 years ago at the end of the ice age. At that time huge forceful floods of water were unleashed from the melting ice channeling into the Niagara River. The water descended over the edge. Eventually the impact of the water deteriorated the rock layers and this caused Niagara Falls to shift upstream reaching today’s location. With each passing year the structure continues with the yearly freezing and thawing of the infamous Niagara River also along with evolution and erosion. Remedial performance has been finished in order to preserve the falls.

A Photo Of The Old Fort Niagara As It Stood In The 1940's.
A Photo Of The Old Fort Niagara As It Stood In The 1940's. | Source

You Will Be Amazed At All The Unique Ways To Enjoy The Beauty Of The Niagara Falls

Native Americans living in the region were most likely the very first people to observe the strength of Niagara Falls. Not long after the falls were first discovered by a French explorer, the territory became a French bastion. Forts were constructed at the mouth of the Niagara River, managing access to the Great Lakes. The fort was renovated between the years 1926 and 1934. Now the present day it is an 18th-century fortress which offers everyday programs which include live reenactments and exhibits throughout the entire year.

Since its formation 12,000 years ago, Niagara Falls has been a getaway destination for adventurers, honeymooners as well as daredevils. This is the only tourist attraction in the world where you can get closer than you ever envisioned to the American, Horseshoe and Bridal Veil Falls. The magnificence of seeing these sensational falls and the creation of the light mist on your face and body will be an experience to last a lifetime.

To take a boat ride on the Maid of the Mist, as you board the boat each person is given a full-length poncho with a hood. But you come so close to the falls that you still get wet. But that is just half of the fun and on hot days it is welcomed and refreshing. On this ride, you are in awe of such beauty of Niagara Falls. Or you have another choice if you prefer to climb the wooden stairs to the Hurricane Deck on Cave of the Winds. Here you will get to experience tropical-storm like conditions while you are standing under the Bridal Veil Falls. And if you have the type T personality, thrill seeker you can follow the walking trail throughout Niagara Falls State Park. You will be able to enjoy over 400 spectacular acres of natural, elaborate terrain including the incredible safeguarded wildlife that lives there.

A Modern Photo Of What The American Side And The Canadian Falls Look Like Today.
A Modern Photo Of What The American Side And The Canadian Falls Look Like Today. | Source


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    • Linda Robinson60 profile image

      Linda Robinson 6 weeks ago from Cicero, New York

      Hey there Larry so nice hearing from you. It is one of our favorite destinations too. So glad that you enjoyed the hub. Talk with you again. Enjoy your night. Take care.

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      Larry Rankin 6 weeks ago from Oklahoma

      One of my favorite destinations! Great read.

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      Linda Robinson 6 weeks ago from Cicero, New York

      Thank you, Jackie, you would be amazed to see it today and all the ways you can enjoy the falls. Thanks so much for your awesome comments. And hopefully, someday you will get to visit there, so much to see and do. Take care. Always a pleasure to hear from you.

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      Jackie Lynnley 6 weeks ago from The Beautiful South

      This would be so exciting and I would love the opportunity to get to do this one day.

      Great showing!