DID YOU KNOW…
That there was a man named the Hermit of Niagara? Francis Abbott, Hermit of Niagara, wrote a letter to Peter Porter (the owner at that time of Goat Island) asking if he could live on Goat Island. The letter he received in reply denied him permission but that did not stop him. In 1829 Francis moved to Goat Island and lived there for 3 years. He left the island to go into town for his necessities, but other than that he lived as a hermit. He would entertain tourists by performing balancing acts on the wooden pier leading to Terrapin Tower (a long since removed viewing station on Goat Island). Unfortunately, he died of drowning while trying to bathe. He went over the American Falls, he was only 27.
In 1960, Roger Wood-ward was the boy who had survived a descent over the Falls after a boating accident above the Falls.
Fish actually travel over the Falls. Don’t believe it? Visit the Cave of the Winds. This place will prove the fact and you might even meet someone who has actually been struck by a fish on his journey down the Falls. Roughly 90% of the fish that plummet down the falls survive.
Annie Taylor “Queen of the Mist”, a school teacher from Bay City Michigan was the first person to travel over the Falls in a barrel on October 24, 1901.
WHY IS THE WATER SO GREEN?
The startling green colour of the Niagara River is a visible tribute to the erosive power of water. An estimated 60 tonnes of dissolved minerals are swept over Niagara Falls every minute. The colour comes from the dissolved salts and “rock flour,” very finely ground rock picked up primarily from the limestone bed but probably also from the shales and sandstones under the limestone cap at the falls.
FUN NIAGARA FALLS TRIVIA:
In the last 12, 500 years, the Falls has eroded back 7 miles and is the fastest moving waterfall in the world. While the falls will continue to erode, the rate at which it moves has been greatly reduced due to an ability to control the flow of water, and divert it for hydro-power generation. 50,000 years from now, if erosion continues at the current rate, the falls will have disappeared.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Bruce Almighty, Superman and Niagara starring Marilyn Monroe are just a few movies that had portions filmed at Niagara Falls.(6)
Of the world’s surface, fresh water flows over Niagara Falls.(5)
The Minolta Tower rises 325 feet above the Falls.(1)
The Skylon Tower rises 775 feet above the Falls.(1)
According to the U.S.G.S. (United States Geological Survey) of Niagara Falls, it appears that almost 1/3 of the Canadian Falls lies within US Territory and Terrapin Point is in Canada.