Sherman Zavitz

Niagara Wedding

Romance at Niagara Falls

Marriages and Honeymoons: Writing about honeymooners at Niagara Falls for the May, 1947 issue of Chatelaine Magazine, well-known Canadian journalist Lotta Dempsey noted that most couples at the falls held hands and wandered around in a “dazed and daffy coma” – not a particularly romantic picture. Nevertheless, as a honeymoon destination, no place is more …

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Metropolis And The Great Dynamic Palace: Visions For Niagara’s Future

Amazing! Unbelievable! Extraordinary! These words could easily be used in describing two mega projects once proposed for Niagara. Conceived by innovative, idealistic visionaries, had either one of the projects achieved reality, the appearance and the future of Niagara Falls would have been profoundly affected. During the summer of 1887, the City of Buffalo offered $100,000 …

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Sandbags, Socks, & Showbusiness: Niagara’s Role In WW1

“I tell you it is nothing but lice, rats, shells & bullets.”   That is how Alexander McLeod of Niagara Falls summed up life in a frontline trench during the First World War – the most destructive conflict the modern world had ever seen. The description was in a letter to his father written from France …

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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 chests. Probably Canada’s most intriguing, not to mention most famous, treasure hunt has taken place on Oak Island.  A speck of land in Mahone Bay off Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coast, the island is …

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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 magnificence of the cataracts. Deciding that it would be a popular …

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