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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 131, January 5, 1853

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Identifier: DX01237671

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 131, January 5, 1853

Description: Describes Niagara Falls in the wintertime.


it can’t be done yet for a month or so, as the ice is not firmly frozen. This I regret, as I am told the effect is very fine, walking ‘twixt a wall of ice and the rock. A long mile or more’s, walking down the river along the slippery, rutty, frozen road brings us to a little tavern beside the Suspension Bridge. There we stay hours twain, imbibing ale, and listening to stories about the Cataract, one of which I put down. A man working on the bridge, leading to Bath Island fell into the rapids (during the Spring of 1852) and drifted on to a little island not a hundred rods from the edge of the American Fall. No rope or exterior aid could have availed, but a noble fellow, one Joel Robinson, (nicknamed the boatman of the Cataract ) launched his boat from a point above, managed it so dexterously as to reach the island in safety and the poor forlorn man upon it, and brought him to the shore of Goat Island in safety. The people carried him to and his boat to the village in Triumph, and I love ‘em for it. This is not the only act of cool heroism that this brave Massachusetts born boatman has done, nor the only life he has saved.

Across the fragile bridge from cliff to cliff at an awful, heighth from the waters below. They are constructing another on the same spot, designed for railroad trains to

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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