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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 226, October 13, 1858

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Identifier: DX03592241

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 226, October 13, 1858

Description: Describes a visit to Niagara Falls.


both falls up the river and of the rapids below, not to speak of the Suspension Bridge, in itself a pretty structure as well as a wonderful work of art. The trains pass over it very, very deliberately. On the very edge of the precipice, below which, at about a hundred feet or so, is the rocky pathway to the “Maid of the Mist” once stood Mrs Griffin’s summer house; but during her non-residence at the cottage, the occupants of an adjacent Irish shanty used it up for firewood! The day was a lovely one — sunny and warm. Talked awhile with the ladies and strolled about. A good-looking Mrs George Burroughs, from Toledo, Ohio, called with a very old lady — the mother of Mrs Griffin’s deceased husband. They had just driven down to the village, from the falls, where the husband of the former had come to attend a Railroad convocation. I set out with Miss [Lucia] Cooper and walked beside the railroad track to the Falls village, where we went to the Niagara House. Here we found Miss Weighty [Griffin] and Julia Griffin — I don’t suppose the first-mentioned young lady spells her christian name as I’ve written it — also a Miss Oswald. Talked and chaffed all the rest of the morning, dined down stairs in the hotel room. The house is owned by Mrs Griffin (who once kept the Clifton, on the Canadian side) and the two girls are her nieces [sic]. They have two brothers also, whom I did’nt see; they — in conjunction with most of the bachelorhood of the village — being off on a three days hunt. After dinner out with Miss Cooper for a ramble on and around Goat Island. A handsomish Iron bridge has replaced the old wooden one which afforded access to the islands. Some of the little bridges leading

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-10-13

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Waterfalls
Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.)


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