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History of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

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Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls, Ont, incorporated as a city in 1904, population 82 997 (2011c), 82 184 (2006c). The City of Niagara Falls possesses a fame and name that are based on the resplendent, world-famous NIAGARA FALLS on the NIAGARA RIVER.

The earliest hotel was built in 1822 on the Portage Road overlooking the falls, and by the 1850s several small communities had developed around this scenic attraction and close to the historic site of LUNDY'S LANE, where a battle was fought towards the end of the WAR OF 1812.

The first bridge was built across the Niagara Gorge in 1848, and in 1853 the GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY arrived, establishing a railhead where the Niagara Suspension Bridge crossed the Niagara River. The Niagara Cantilever Bridge opened immediately to the south in 1883 for the Canada Southern-Michigan Central Railways, and in 1897 the Niagara Railway Arch Bridge was built under and into the suspension bridge to replace its predecessor. These bridges, as great feats of engineering, along with the scenic attractions of the river at the falls and the beginning of rail passenger excursions in 1878, brought thousands of tourist visitors to Niagara Falls.

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  • 1846 - June 18 - The Toronto, Hamilton and Niagara Electro-Magnetic Telegraph Company opens Canada's first telegraph system, from Toronto to Hamilton and Niagara Falls.

    canadachannel.ca/ todayincanadianhistory/ index.php/ June_18

  • 1857 - Church of Our Lady of Peace Shrine of St. Therese established at Niagara Falls

    www.gcatholic.org

  • 1858 - Church of St. Patrick established at Niagara Falls

    www.gcatholic.org

  • 1859 - Acrobat Crosses Gorge on Tightrope
    1859, June 30 - French acrobat Charles Blondin (Jean-François Cravelet) crosses the Niagara Gorge from the US to Canada by tightrope before a crowd...Read MORE...


  • 1873
    NIAGARA, formerly NEWARK, an incorporated town of Ontario, co. of Niagara, situated on Lake Ontario, at the mouth of Niagara river, and on the C.S....Read MORE...


  • Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
    Niagara By Electric Light

    1882 - Lucius O'Brien - Picturesque Canada (1882–84)
    Artwork
  • Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
    Niagara

    1882 - Lucius O'Brien - Picturesque Canada (1882–84)
    Artwork
  • Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
    Rapids Above the Falls

    1882 - Lucius O'Brien - Picturesque Canada (1882–84)
    Artwork
  • 1895 - Niagara
    Niag'ara (formerly Newark), a town of Ontario, co. of Niagara, on Lake Ontario, at the mouth of Niagara River, and on the Canada Southern Railway, 36 ...Read MORE...


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    Table Rock House, Niagara Falls, Canada
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  • Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
    Horseshoe Falls from below, Niagara, Canada
    Postcard
  • 1906
    Niagara Falls, a banking town and port of entry of Welland co., Ontario, on the Niagara River, 2 miles below the falls, on the Michigan Central and...Read MORE...


  • Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
    The Whirlpool and Giant Wave, Niagara Falls
    Postcard
  • 1913 - Church of St. Ann established at Niagara Falls

    www.gcatholic.org

  • News 1921 - SAVES TWO FROM DROWNING. Girl of 15 Rescues Sisters Half Mile Above Niagara Falls.
    NIAGARA FALLS, N. Y., Aug. 12. - Fifteen-year-old Phyllis Perry of Chippewa, Ontario, rescued Wilma and Cora Baldry, 17 and 12 years old,...Read MORE...


  • 1924 - Church of the Sacred Heart established at Niagara Falls

    www.gcatholic.org

  • 1930 - July 5 - Daredevil George Stathakis dies in a plunge over Niagara Falls in a barrel, but his turtle survives

    canadachannel.ca/ todayincanadianhistory/ index.php/ July_5

  • Niagara Falls
    The first European explorers in the Niagara Peninsula were the French who came from the St. Lawrence Valley via Lake Ontario early in the 17th...Read MORE...




Old Photos, Pictures, Advertisements and Postcards from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada


Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
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Niagara By Electric Light

1882 - Lucius O'Brien - Picturesque Canada (1882–84)
Artwork

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
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Niagara

1882 - Lucius O'Brien - Picturesque Canada (1882–84)
Artwork



Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
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Rapids Above the Falls

1882 - Lucius O'Brien - Picturesque Canada (1882–84)
Artwork

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Pinterest
Horseshoe Falls from below, Niagara, Canada
Postcard

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Pinterest
Table Rock House, Niagara Falls, Canada
Postcard

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Pinterest
The Whirlpool and Giant Wave, Niagara Falls
Postcard
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History and News of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

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  • 1846 - June 18 - The Toronto, Hamilton and Niagara Electro-Magnetic Telegraph Company opens Canada's first telegraph system, from Toronto to Hamilton and Niagara Falls.

    canadachannel.ca/ todayincanadianhistory/ index.php/ June_18
  • 1857 - Church of Our Lady of Peace Shrine of St. Therese established at Niagara Falls

    www.gcatholic.org
  • 1858 - Church of St. Patrick established at Niagara Falls

    www.gcatholic.org
  • 1859 - Acrobat Crosses Gorge on Tightrope
    1859, June 30 - French acrobat Charles Blondin (Jean-François Cravelet) crosses the Niagara Gorge from the US to Canada by tightrope before a crowd... Read MORE...

  • 1873
    NIAGARA, formerly NEWARK, an incorporated town of Ontario, co. of Niagara, situated on Lake Ontario, at the mouth of Niagara river, and on the C.S.... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Niagara
    Niag'ara (formerly Newark), a town of Ontario, co. of Niagara, on Lake Ontario, at the mouth of Niagara River, and on the Canada Southern Railway, 36 ... Read MORE...

  • NIAGARA FALLS, CANADA


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  • 1906
    Niagara Falls, a banking town and port of entry of Welland co., Ontario, on the Niagara River, 2 miles below the falls, on the Michigan Central and... Read MORE...

  • 1913 - Church of St. Ann established at Niagara Falls

    www.gcatholic.org
  • News  1921 - SAVES TWO FROM DROWNING. Girl of 15 Rescues Sisters Half Mile Above Niagara Falls.
    NIAGARA FALLS, N. Y., Aug. 12. - Fifteen-year-old Phyllis Perry of Chippewa, Ontario, rescued Wilma and Cora Baldry, 17 and 12 years old,... Read MORE...

  • 1924 - Church of the Sacred Heart established at Niagara Falls

    www.gcatholic.org
  • 1930 - July 5 - Daredevil George Stathakis dies in a plunge over Niagara Falls in a barrel, but his turtle survives

    canadachannel.ca/ todayincanadianhistory/ index.php/ July_5
  • Niagara Falls
    The first European explorers in the Niagara Peninsula were the French who came from the St. Lawrence Valley via Lake Ontario early in the 17th... Read MORE...

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