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 Demp...
Quotable Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls: A Very Quotable Place

“Niagara Falls is a vast, unnecessary amount of water flowing the wrong way over unnecessary rocks.” This quite original observation was uttered by the famous Irish playwright and wit Oscar Wilde during his visit to Niagara in 1882. It is a me...

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 spectac...

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...

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 famous American author and humorist Mark Twain in an article of his entitled “Niagara.” Origin...
Sherman Zavitz

Sherman Zavitz


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