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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 130, January 5, 1853

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Identifier: DX01237174

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 130, January 5, 1853

Description: Describes Niagara Falls in the wintertime.


Satisfied with gazing, we [Gunn and Edward Heylyn] turn back, find retrogression more difficult and dangerous than descent, and in time arrive at the tower foot with strained and torn hands, mud and ice-covered boots, general exhaustion and perhaps a trifle of thankfulness. My boots india-rubber overshoes are a piteous wreck. Up to Goat Island again and off to the village. There, it being 3 or so in the afternoon, we take a meal; then go down the long staircase by the nearer side of the Americal [American] Fall, in the rope-impelled vehicle provided for that purpose, into the boat waiting, and are rowed across to Canada. Here as I have before said, is obtained the only view, full & complete of both Cataracts. Everything is intensely frozen, it is very difficult to walk, however carefully, and having wound up the path to the summit of the Cliffs, when we arrive at the edge of the Horseshoe Fall we are fain to keep some yards from the terribly slippery edge. The day is now drawing towards its close, and already the American Fall is only a great ghostly curtain of white mist. A youth who is doing something in the rear of a deserted house, recognizes me, (whether wrongfully or rightfully,) as having guided me “under the Fall” last summer. From him I learn that this is sometimes done in winter, the adventurers having “creepers” affixed to their feet. But I am also told

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-01-05

Type(s): Diary

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

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


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