So, I’ve come to realize I’ve misspelled Niagara at every opportunity. The spelling in this post title is correct, in the video captions at the end . . . not so much.
“One of the earliest native tribes called themselves the “Onguiaahra”. It is a name from which the “Niagara River” originated.
The French explorers that came to Niagara gave this Indian tribe the name “Neutrals” because of their position and status as peace keepers between the two warring Indian nations – the Huron’s and the Iroquois.
Niagara originates from the Neutral Indian name “Ongniaahra” meaning “Thunder of Waters.” (http://www.niagarafrontier.com/faq.html#name)
- Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest state park in the United States of America, established in 1885 as the Niagara Reservation.
- In 1969, an earthen dam was built across the head of the American Rapids, dewatering the American Falls. For six months, geologists and engineers studied the rock face and the effects of erosion. It was determined that it would be too costly to remove rock at the base of the American Falls, and that nature should take its course.
- The Falls are capable of producing over 4 million kilowatts of electricity, which is shared by the United States and Canada.
- The Niagara River is actually a strait, connecting two large bodies of water, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
- Four of the five Great Lakes drain into the Niagara River, (Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie) before emptying into Lake Ontario. These five Great Lakes make up almost one-fifth of the world’s fresh water supply.
- At one time, before Goat Island became part of Niagara Falls State Park, there were suggestions on what the island could be used for. Mr. Vanderbilt planned to use the island as a pleasure ground for people riding his trains to the falls. P.T. Barnum wanted to turn Goat Island into circus grounds!
Over the years a lot of people have gone over the falls intentionally as a stunt, intentionally as a suicide attempt, and accidentally. Most don’t survive.
“Between 1901 and 1985, ten people went over the Falls in a ball, barrel or rig. Seven were successful while three died in the attempt. […] Thus far 15 people have challenged the Falls of Niagara between 1901 and 1995. Five have died.” (http://www.niagarafrontier.com/faq.html#why)
“Niagara Falls has earned a grisly reputation as the suicide capital of the U.S., second only to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. […] Experts estimate there are between 20 to 25 suicides at the Falls each year.”
“In June of this year, a 51 year old woman who had been swimming in the river above the falls got swept into the rapids and plunged down horseshoe falls. It was believed to be a suicide.”
“In March 2009, a 30-year-old man miraculously survived after he threw himself off the Falls in a suicide attempt. He became only the third person to survive the plunge without protective equipment.” (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1393203/Female-tourist-swept-death-Niagara-Falls.html)
“A 19-year-old Japanese student apparently fell to her death after climbing over a safety railing for a photograph at Niagara Falls. When local police and firefighters went searching for her, they instead uncovered the body of an unidentified, unrelated man from the whirlpools at the bottom of the falls.”
“In the more than 100 years that Niagara Falls has been a popular tourist attraction–these days, about 11 million people visit annually–a mere seven accidental deaths have occurred at the falls. Only one person has ever survived accidentally going over the falls . . .” (http://www.petergreenberg.com/2011/08/16/niagara-falls-deaths-highlight-visitors-ignoring-safety-rules/)
“The simple answer is – yes they do. They do all the time and most survive the rigorous journey. The fish is for the most part is much better built to survive the journey than most humans.” (http://www.niagarafrontier.com/faq.html#fish)
This video was made using iMovie and iPhoto on a MacBookPro and then uploading it to YouTube.