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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 127, January 5, 1853

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Identifier: DX01235683

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 127, January 5, 1853

Description: Describes Niagara Falls in the wintertime.


there the little rockey islets, (so well drawn in Bartlett’s engraving;) now all bare and horrent with skeleton pines and cedars. Across to Goat Island, (paying our twenty five cents;) and I piloting we skirted the Island towards the American Fall. Arrived towards the steep pathway that leads to the top of the minor fall, (beneath which is the so-called “Cave of the Winds”) and the path being all ice-covered and consequently slippery, very much ado had I to get [Edward] Heylyn to follow. At length he did and we crossed to the other island. Thence back, and after another squatting, sliding descent, across the bridges from rock to rock, (every thing ice or snow-covered and as slippery as glass,) up to the summit of the tower on Terrapin Rock and again Niagara was lying beneath me, in all the savage grandeur of winter. Platform, summit, column and railing are all marbled with ice, and a wintry sleet dashes over us from below. It is a dull, brooding day, no sun visible and the Great Cataract is awfully beautiful to see. All above, across the broad river to the frost-bound Canadian shore, the rapids are dashing and leaping in their wildest winter’s fury, till driven over the inevitable edge, where they appear of a dull yellowish green, merging into a sea of foam which boils up from the abyss

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-01-05

Type(s): Diary

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

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


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