Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Frozen Niagara Falls

A few times in its history, Niagara Falls has frozen solid. And people, being naturally crazy and curious, have walked out over the unstable edge and snapped photos.

Here people walk on billows of ice that formed from the mist below the base of the falls.

An urban legend website debates when these photos were taken. Various claims have been made: 1848, 1890, 1911, and 1936. Another website, Environmental Graffiti, lays out the evidence, and says, "In 1912, an ice bridge broke apart as several people were crossing it, sending three to their deaths as the ice on which they stood plunged them into oblivion."
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Thanks, Kay.

11 comments:

Aerozopher said...

woah!!

Craig Banholzer said...

Amazing photos. My guess, based on the style of dress, and the quality of the photos, would be that they were taken circa 1890-1910.

obat asam urat said...

awesome ....

william said...

I side with Craig, The look has that Progressive age (Edwardian age if your British) look to the clothing.

nhung huou said...

Looks so cool.huh...

JoAnna Carrozzino said...

I think I also read somewhere that they would set up little shops or carts on the frozen river below like a makeshift market.

stephen hollis said...

any day that the falls is frozen sounds to me like a good day to stay bundled up at home.

Katherine Kean said...

Truly something to wonder at, and what a phenomena to witness.

Leda said...

My husband's second cousin, Burrell Hecock was one of the three that perished in 1912. He was trying to save a young couple who were stuck on the ice when it broke free from the shore. I am writing a graphic novel about the event. If you are interested in finding out more about it, go to www.hecocknovel.wordpress.com. You can read the first chapter on the site, and also read some facts about that day. ~Leda Miller

Rogger Mcloud said...

I have been in Iguassu when the falls where dry. So I could see what is inside the falls. Nothing!!! I am staying in an apartment for rent buenos aires now.

Aali Atif said...

thanks for showing the history.
niagara falls