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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 4, page 205, July 28, 1852

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Identifier: DX01172905

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 4, page 205, July 28, 1852

Description: Describes his second day at Niagara Falls, New York.


built, and vibrates and shakes tremulously all the time. Carriages pass, at a walk. Arriving on the Canada Side — (hurra for English ground again!) a long, dusty walk beside the river cliff, at times catching a glimpse of it between the tall trees. The cliff is very high here. As you approach the Fall, the view becomes grander. Descending to a little staircase where we came to a small cave in the face of the Rock, over looking the tree tops and whirling river. Devil’s Hole they name it. Its nothing of a cave though. / Now we near the opposite side of the American Fall, and halting often & anon look on. The Clifton House faces it. This fall would alone be, as it is, grand and magnificent in the extreme, were it not for the comparison of it with the Horseshoe. Taking a drink at the hotel, we went on to the other. — Table rock. A huge crack in it. You stand over the abyss & look down. A little space before, (in distance I mean) not Time, a girl fell over while gathering a flower from the edge, as a little inscription, stuck on a post tells you of the tale of Miss Martha Rugg. / You see the Great Horseshoe Fall here excellently. Further on we sit down at the edge of the Cataract’s commencement. Ice creams at a little house near. Then after talking with an individual who had just been under the Fall, and who was attired in a pair of red flannel trousers, and yellow shirt & oilskin Esquimaux looking helmet with cape, we resolved to do the same. I had the firm intent to do it all along & my impromptu

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-07-28

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Children
Clothing and dress
Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.)


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