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"Niagara Falls, a city of New York, in Niagara co., embracing the former villages of Niagara Falls and Suspension Bridge, is situated on the Niagara River, at the £ from which it takes its name, 22 miles N.N.W. of Buffalo, and 13 miles S. of Lake Ontario. Several important rail roads converge here. The city contains about 15 churches, 6 banks, several savings- and loan-associations, 2 union schools, 2 parochial schools, a boys' school known as De Veaux College, a custom-house (port of entry Suspension Bridge), and printing-offices which issue 2 daily and 3 weekly newspapers. Two suspension-bridges and a cantilever bridge connect this city with a town of the same name (formerly called Clifton) on the opposite side of the river, in Canada. The city was incorporated in 1892, Pop. about 18,000."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • 1814 - July 25 - Battle of Niagara Falls (Lundy's Lane); Americans defeat British

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  • News 1848 - March 29 - Niagara Falls stops flowing for 30 hours due to an ice jam

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    March 29, 1848

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    Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
    William C. Bryant
    Appleton, 1872

  • Niagara Falls, New York, USA
    The Brink of the Horseshoe

    Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
    William C. Bryant
    Appleton, 1872

  • 1855 - March 8 - 1st train crosses 1st US railway suspension bridge, Niagara Falls

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  • News 1859 - June 30 - Charles Blondin is 1st to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope

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    June 30, 1859

  • 1883 - December 20 - Intl cantilever railway bridge opens at Niagara Fall

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  • June 15, 1887 - Carlisle D. Graham survives the third of his four successful rides over a Niagara waterfall in barrel.

    http://www.independentsentinel.com/

  • News 1889 - AT NIAGARA FALLS. The Suspension Foot Bridge Gone and Other Damage Done.
    NIAGARA FALLS, N. Y., Jan 11. - The storm raged here with great fury. The suspension foot bridge spanning the Niagara river below the falls was torn...Read MORE...


  • News 1896 - Fatal Explosion
    By Associated Press

    NIAGARA FALLS (N.Y.), Nov 14 - By the explosion of about thirty pounds of dynamite in the office building of Ed. Smith & Co.,...Read MORE...


  • News 1896 - February 18 - Cave of Winds at Niagara Falls goes almost dry for first time in 50 yrs

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    February 18, 1896

  • Niagara Falls, New York, USA
    International Hotel
  • News 1901 - October 24 – Michigan schoolteacher Annie Edson Taylor goes over Niagara Falls in a barrel and survives.

    www.wikipedia.org
    October 24, 1901

  • News 1903 - Niagara Runs Dry
    Telegraphing from Niagara Falls, the "Standard's" correspondent stated that recently pedestrians crossed over the river-bed, where human feet have...Read MORE...


  • 1906
    Niagara Falls, a city of Niagara co., N.Y., is situated on the Niagara River, at the falls from which it takes its name, 22 miles NNW. of Buffalo and ...Read MORE...


  • News 1907 - ICICLE CRUSHES TROLLEY. ACCIDENT AT NIAGARA FALLS KILLS ONE PERSON, HURTS OTHERS.
    Special to The New York Times.

    Niagara Falls, March 12. - An icicle that became detached from the high bank below the railway bridge at the...Read MORE...


  • News 1909 - NIAGARA FALLS FIRE - Columbia Hotel Damaged and Two Employes Injured - Guest Who Gave Alarm Disappeared.
    NIAGARA FALLS, Jan. 5. - Fire was discovered early to-day in the Columbia Hotel, a five-story brick structure. The seventy guests all got our safely...Read MORE...


  • News 1912 - DRIFT TO DEATH ON FLOATING ICE. WOMAN AND TWO MEN DROWN IN NIAGARA RAPIDS. IN VIEW OF THOUSANDS.
    THEY ATTEMPTED TO CROSS ICE BRIDGE, WHEN THE MASS BROKE AND THEY WERE CARRIED AWAY ON CAKES OF ICE.

    Niagara Falls, N.Y., Feb. 5. - One woman and...Read MORE...


  • News 1916 - NIAGARA FALLS PLANT WRECKED LAST NIGHT. POLICE SAY EXPLOSION WAS CAUSED BY DYNAMITE.
    By Associated Press.
    Niagara Falls, N.Y., March 7. - Fire, following several explosions, late tonight virtually destroyed the plant of the Niagara...Read MORE...


  • News 1917 - 8 PERSONS KILLED IN NIAGARA PLUNGE. MORE THAN A SCORE INJURED AS A CROWDED CAR OVERTURNS INTO WHIRLPOOL RAPIDS. WASHOUT CAUSED DISASTER.
    CAR TURNED TURTLE IN 10 FEET OF WATER - MANY PINNED DOWN BY SEATS - REPORT SOME MISSING.

    Niagara Falls, N. Y., July 1. - A Belt Line car on the...Read MORE...


  • News 1920 - THREE KILLED BY ROCKS IN CAVE OF THE WINDS.
    Niagara Falls, N.Y., Sept. 6. - Two women and a man were crushed to death and two men were injured this afternoon when a slide of shale rock forced...Read MORE...


  • 1929 - January 2 - US & Canada agree to preserve Niagara Falls

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    American Falls from Below, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
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    Whirlpool Rapids, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
  • News 1938 - "HONEYMOON BRIDGE" COLLAPSES WITH LOSS OF MILLION DOLLARS.
    Niagara Falls, N. Y., Jan. 28 - (AP) - An international crowd of several thousand lined the lofty banks of Niagara Gorge today for a glimpse of...Read MORE...


  • News 1980 - May 20 - 710 families in Love Canal area (Niagara Falls NY) are evacuated

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    May 20, 1980



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Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
William C. Bryant
Appleton, 1872

Niagara Falls, New York, USA
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The Brink of the Horseshoe

Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
William C. Bryant
Appleton, 1872

Niagara Falls, New York, USA
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International Hotel


Niagara Falls, New York, USA
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American Falls from Below, Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Niagara Falls, New York, USA
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Whirlpool Rapids, Niagara Falls, N.Y.

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  • 1814 - July 25 - Battle of Niagara Falls (Lundy's Lane); Americans defeat British
    historyorb.com
  • News  1848 - March 29 - Niagara Falls stops flowing for 30 hours due to an ice jam
    historyorb.com
    March 29, 1848
  • 1855 - March 8 - 1st train crosses 1st US railway suspension bridge, Niagara Falls
    historyorb.com
  • News  1859 - June 30 - Charles Blondin is 1st to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope
    historyorb.com
    June 30, 1859
  • 1883 - December 20 - Intl cantilever railway bridge opens at Niagara Fall
    historyorb.com
  • June 15, 1887 - Carlisle D. Graham survives the third of his four successful rides over a Niagara waterfall in barrel.
    http://www.independentsentinel.com/
  • News  1889 - AT NIAGARA FALLS. The Suspension Foot Bridge Gone and Other Damage Done.
    NIAGARA FALLS, N. Y., Jan 11. - The storm raged here with great fury. The suspension foot bridge spanning the Niagara river below the falls was torn... Read MORE...

  • News  1896 - February 18 - Cave of Winds at Niagara Falls goes almost dry for first time in 50 yrs
    historyorb.com
    February 18, 1896
  • News  1896 - Fatal Explosion
    By Associated Press

    NIAGARA FALLS (N.Y.), Nov 14 - By the explosion of about thirty pounds of dynamite in the office building of Ed. Smith & Co.,... Read MORE...

  • News  1901 - October 24 – Michigan schoolteacher Annie Edson Taylor goes over Niagara Falls in a barrel and survives.
    www.wikipedia.org
    October 24, 1901
  • News  1903 - Niagara Runs Dry
    Telegraphing from Niagara Falls, the "Standard's" correspondent stated that recently pedestrians crossed over the river-bed, where human feet have... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Niagara Falls, a city of Niagara co., N.Y., is situated on the Niagara River, at the falls from which it takes its name, 22 miles NNW. of Buffalo and ... Read MORE...

  • News  1907 - ICICLE CRUSHES TROLLEY. ACCIDENT AT NIAGARA FALLS KILLS ONE PERSON, HURTS OTHERS.
    Special to The New York Times.

    Niagara Falls, March 12. - An icicle that became detached from the high bank below the railway bridge at the... Read MORE...

  • News  1909 - NIAGARA FALLS FIRE - Columbia Hotel Damaged and Two Employes Injured - Guest Who Gave Alarm Disappeared.
    NIAGARA FALLS, Jan. 5. - Fire was discovered early to-day in the Columbia Hotel, a five-story brick structure. The seventy guests all got our safely... Read MORE...

  • News  1912 - DRIFT TO DEATH ON FLOATING ICE. WOMAN AND TWO MEN DROWN IN NIAGARA RAPIDS. IN VIEW OF THOUSANDS.
    THEY ATTEMPTED TO CROSS ICE BRIDGE, WHEN THE MASS BROKE AND THEY WERE CARRIED AWAY ON CAKES OF ICE.

    Niagara Falls, N.Y., Feb. 5. - One woman and... Read MORE...

  • News  1916 - NIAGARA FALLS PLANT WRECKED LAST NIGHT. POLICE SAY EXPLOSION WAS CAUSED BY DYNAMITE.
    By Associated Press.
    Niagara Falls, N.Y., March 7. - Fire, following several explosions, late tonight virtually destroyed the plant of the Niagara... Read MORE...

  • News  1917 - 8 PERSONS KILLED IN NIAGARA PLUNGE. MORE THAN A SCORE INJURED AS A CROWDED CAR OVERTURNS INTO WHIRLPOOL RAPIDS. WASHOUT CAUSED DISASTER.
    CAR TURNED TURTLE IN 10 FEET OF WATER - MANY PINNED DOWN BY SEATS - REPORT SOME MISSING.

    Niagara Falls, N. Y., July 1. - A Belt Line car on the... Read MORE...

  • News  1920 - THREE KILLED BY ROCKS IN CAVE OF THE WINDS.
    Niagara Falls, N.Y., Sept. 6. - Two women and a man were crushed to death and two men were injured this afternoon when a slide of shale rock forced... Read MORE...

  • 1929 - January 2 - US & Canada agree to preserve Niagara Falls
    historyorb.com
  • News  1938 - "HONEYMOON BRIDGE" COLLAPSES WITH LOSS OF MILLION DOLLARS.
    Niagara Falls, N. Y., Jan. 28 - (AP) - An international crowd of several thousand lined the lofty banks of Niagara Gorge today for a glimpse of... Read MORE...

  • News  1980 - May 20 - 710 families in Love Canal area (Niagara Falls NY) are evacuated
    historyorb.com
    May 20, 1980

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