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 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 chests. Probably Canada’s most intriguing, not to mention most famous, treasure hunt has t...

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 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 a time before moving to Niagara Falls, New York, and then Buffalo. Stathakis was much ...

Arthur Hoyt Day

It happened in an instant. On August 24, 1844, Martha Rugg and a male friend were standing on Table Rock, then a sizeable rock shelf that projected from the top...
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.