Facts About Niagara Falls
Interesting Facts About Niagara Falls, the "Honeymoon Capital of the World"...
Niagara Falls is comprised of: The American Falls, The Bridal Veil Falls, and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls
The height of the American Falls is 176 feet. However, due to rocks at the base, the actual fall is 70 feet. The Horseshoe Falls (Canadian) is 177 feet.
The length of the brink of the American Falls is 1,060 feet. The length of the brink of the Horseshoe Falls is 2,600 feet.
Six hundred thousand gallons of water flow over the Horseshoe Falls into the Niagara River each second and 150,000 US gallons per second from the American Falls.
Niagara Falls is the second largest falls in the world in terms of volume.
The water from the Falls comes from four fresh water lakes above that pour into the Niagara River and then over the falls: Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, Lake Huron, and Lake Superior.
The water at the bottom of the falls travels 15 miles until it reaches Lake Ontario. From there it drains into the St. Lawrence River and then out into the Atlantic Ocean.
A lot of the water is directed through underground channels to hydro electric power stations.
In the winter, some of the falling water and mist can create an ice bridge extending for several miles to the lower rapids
Until 1912, people were allowed to walk on the ice bridge.
On February 24, 1888, twenty thousand people watched or tobogganed on the ice (according to an area newspaper report).
Facts About Niagara Falls (Daredevils)
The first person to go over the falls in a barrel and survive was Anne Taylor (a 63 year old female teacher nick-named "Queen of the Mist").
Famous tight rope walkers (such as Blondin) performed their high wire acts across the river.
Historical Facts About Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls, Canada is known as the "Honeymoon Capital of the World."
"Uncle Toms Cabin", a famous novel written by Harriet Beecher Stowe, was partly inspired by her trip to Niagara and her interest in Reverend Josiah Henson (who smuggled slaves to freedom across the Niagara River into Canada.)
The Falls were once known as a symbol of America and the "New World" by those traveling to North America to start a new life.
The Battle of Lundy's Lane took place on July 25, 1814. It was one of the bloodiest battles of the war of 1812.
The world famous movie, "Niagara" starring Marilyn Monroe was filmed in Niagara Falls in 1952.
The name "Niagara" originated from the Iroquois Indian word, "Onguiaahra" which means "Thunder of Waters, or "Thundering Noise."
An old Scow (a steel barge) got stuck in the rapids above the falls resulting in a near tragedy in 1918. It remains there to this day.
Facts About Niagara Falls (Attractions)
The "Maid of the Mist" (a boat cruise that takes you right below the falls) is one of the oldest and most widely known tourist attraction.
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