Annie Crosses Niagara Falls
The location is 332 Prospect Street, Niagara Falls, New York 14303. There you will see the magnificent Niagara Falls the oldest state park in America. It was created in 1885 at the Niagara Reservation. Each year more than 30 million people visit the park.
Niagara consists of three waterfalls. The largest is the Horseshoe Falls, also known as the Canadian Falls. The middle one is the American Falls, and the smallest is the Bridal Veil Falls. In some areas, Niagara Falls vertical height is more than 176 feet.
Niagara Falls Is Old!
Amazingly, about 15,000 years ago Southern Ontarios was pure ice and that was about all. When the last Ice Age began to change, about 12,000 years ago, new landscapes and rivers were created from the glaciers. When this happened the Niagara River was created, and, a short time later, Niagara Falls was born.
A Favorite Place To Visit
Niagara Falls is the Number One location newlyweds choose to spend their honeymoon. The number of other visitors continues to increase each year. Some people just stop by to take a picture while others explore everything there is to see including Goat Island and the Maid of the Mist boat cruise.
Annie Edson Taylor
American schoolteacher, Annie Edson Taylor was the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Although she was hoping for a large monetary reward she never made much money from her adventure. On her 63rd birthday, she got inside a custom-made barrel for her trip. The barrel was made of oak and iron. It was padded with a mattress. She was carried over the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Later rescuers found her with only a small gash on her head. The trip took less than 20 minutes. She died in 1921 at the age of 82.
Nik Wallenda Walks Across
In 1859 the first tightrope walker crossed Niagara Falls. Daredevil Nik Wallenda, a famous tightrope walker, successfully walked across Niagara Falls in June 2012 as thousands of people in the audience watched and millions more saw him on TV. Crossing on a two-inch steel wire rope the daredevil said he had dreamed of making the walk since he was a young child.
Wonders Of The World
Niagara Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Every night the falls are lit up in a rainbow of colors. There are times when the sunshine reflects off the mist from the Falls which causes a beautiful show of colors.
Fish Also Take The Plunge
A variety of fish also travel down the Falls. A number of people have reported that fish have struck them during their trip down but no one has been hurt. About 90 percent of the fish survive. This is because of the foamy cushion as they travel downward.
If you are looking for something to add to your “bucket list” then Niagara Falls just might fill that bill!