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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 129, January 5, 1853

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Identifier: DX01236677

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 129, January 5, 1853

Description: Describes Niagara Falls in the wintertime.


the precipitous ladder. This, and the tower-staircase having been successfully passed, we [Gunn and Edward Heylyn] stand under the canopy of the arching cliffs above; from which hang monstrous icicles from six to sixteen feet in length, which ever and anon break off into brittle fragments on the rocks below. Determining to proceed towards the Horseshoe Fall, we edge along the top of the shelving, rock-strewn, icy cliff, with extreme caution and some success, until we are checked by a frozen rivulet, which the attempt at crossing would assuredly result in a broken limb. So we resolve to descend, and do so, with infinite labor and no small peril. We hang on to stones, to roots of trees, to masses of ice, and digging our heels in the ground or snow, journey onwards. Sometimes there’s a slip, and a slide, and a horrid fear of rolling over and over jagged rocks to the bottom; and clinging with hands and knees till the panic is over. Half an hour, or more, of this work brings us to where, at the waters edge, we have a full side view of the Cataract. And then we spy, within it, just below (where the Tower stands, (which appears dwarfed to extreme littleness,) a great pyramid of congealed water, — petrified into ice even in the very shape it assumed while bubbling over into the abyss. Great chaotic fragments of rock lie frozen in the vortex below. The density and bulk of the water pouring over is wonderful to see.

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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