Sherman Zavitz

Whirlpool

The Niagara River Whirlpool

The Niagara River Whirlpool has been a witness to a number of dramatic happenings over the years. One of those took place on an August day in 1934... A spectacular and popular sight, the Whirlpool is a unique geological formation. Around 60 acres in...

X Marks The Spot

Buried Treasure!  Those very words quicken the heartbeat and ignite the imagination. Images immediately flash through the mind: gold coins, Buccaneers, wooden c...

The Evolution of Fun

It’s popularly known as Niagara Falls’ “Street of Fun.” Its actual name is Clifton Hill and this is its story. Capt. Ogden Creighton, a half-pay officer in the British Army, had a vision. Arriving at Niagara Falls in 1832, he was struck with the mag...

Mark Twain’s Fantastic Trip

“Niagara Falls is a most enjoyable place of resort. The hotels are excellent and the prices not at all exorbitant.” This observation was made by the famo...

George Stathakis

Born in Greece, George Stathakis arrived in the United States in 1910 at the age of twenty-six. Working as a short-order cook, he lived in St. Louis for...
The Tragic and Mysterious Death of Ed Delahanty

The Niagara River Claims a Baseball Great

It was a shocking discovery! Around 8:30 on the morning of July 9, 1903, William LeBlond was working at the Canadian Maid of the Mist (now Hornblower) landing opposite the American Falls when he suddenly saw a gruesome sight. Floating in the river wa...
Sherman Zavitz

Sherman Zavitz

Contributor

The official historian for both the City of Niagara Falls and The Niagara Parks Commission, Sherman is our regular contributor on all things historic.