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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 4, page 212, July 30-31, 1852

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Identifier: DX01176296

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 4, page 212, July 30-31, 1852

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


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It is bathing in them. The water, mist and raging spray is almost as great as under the Horse Shoe Fall, though not of such continuance. Having passed, I crept up to the commencement of the next fall, but such was the world of raging water that I could scarce see aught. So returning to my guide who had crouched under an overarching stone formed cave, (poor fellow — he said he had to go under the water more than was good for him) I tarried awhile, looking at the rainbows, then back, up the slippery path & to the hut again, where two women were impatiently waiting, one intending to go beneath the Fall; which she did, in a sort of aquatic Bloomer Costume, looking rather shyly round as she came out in it. / I followed the rocky path on the other side of the Staircase tower, and by dint of some clambering reached the waters edge at the foot of the Horseshoe Fall. Here was another sublime view. The rocks were all black and wet, and the driving spray scattered far and wide, drenching you through. Had a good view of the bottom of the fall, — the great rocks which have tumbled over. Here for two hours or more, then — another circular rainbow. Return and bed at about 8.

31. Saturday. To different Railway Depot, having resolved on being off for Genessee, and hunting up Mr [Elisha] Hall & sons [Homer and Haydon Hall]. Found out the best way. Having to start at 1/2 past 2, I went to have a farewell morning at the Cataract. Principally on the tower. There rushing and raging on, plashed the Great Cataract even as it will do

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Dates: 1852-07-30

Type(s): Diary

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

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


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