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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 119, December 29, 1852

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Identifier: DX01231711

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 119, December 29, 1852

Description: Describes his visit to the Genesee Falls.


expectations. Unmentionable beside Niagara, they [Genesee Falls] are of course. But they have beauty. An irregular, broken up, ledgy mass of rock front they leap over, breaking up their streams. At this time they were all yellow, and discolored, and sending showers of icy spray, far and wide, coating the bare trees with dirty ice, and decorating the summer benches placed for the ease of gazers with long yellowish spear like icicles iceicles. / I can’t guess the height of the fall, having no idea whatever of distance. I’m stupid at it. If I hear how many rods or feet aught may be I’m bothered at once & can’t guess anything from it. Same about number over 1000 or so. / On, by the cliff edge & then road, for a mile to the lower Fall, tying my sombrero round my head bonnet fashion, to avoid losing it, as well as prevent my ears freezing; as in truth it was bitter cold, and the raging wind-flow almost upset me every five minutes. A mile passed over, (this I know by enquiry,) I reach the spot. A little colony of houses on the other side, some built over the stream to avail themselves of the water power, great rocky ledges in the bed of the river, breaks and holds adown which the water roared and ran. Father in yet, past a most picturesque ruined house, through which the eyeless holes of which could the fall be seen, and down

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-12-29

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.)
Genesee Falls (N.Y. : Town)


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