Niagara Falls, Maid of the Mist, Niagara County, 8-15-2016

Some History data of Niagara Falls

Courtesy of Steve Young

There were several articles included in the resources complied by Mr. Young. Below are links to those articles.

The day Niagara Falls ran dry by David Phillips

Tennessee Outdoorsman Jessie Sharp Challenged Niagara’s Mighty Falls In a Tiny Canoe and Lost

Over the Falls

In October 1829, Sam Patch, who called himself The Yankee Leaper, jumped over the Horseshoe Falls and became the first known person to survive the plunge. This began a long tradition of daredevils trying to go over the falls and survive.

In August 1985, Steve Trotter, age 22, an aspiring stuntman from Rhode Island, became the youngest person ever and the first American in 25 years to go over the falls in a barrel. Ten years later, Trotter went over the falls again, becoming the second person to go over the falls twice and survive. It was also the second-ever “duo;” Lori Martin joined Trotter for the barrel ride over the falls. The first two-person trip over the brink goes to Jeffrey Petkovich, 25, and Peter Debernardi, 42, on September 27, 1989.


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