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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 132, January 5-6, 1853

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Identifier: DX01238168

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 132, January 5-6, 1853

Description: Describes Niagara Falls in the wintertime.


pass over, ‘twill be done this year. [Edward] Heylyn raps at the gate on the other side, and clamors to be let into a free country, whereupon the gate-keeper, (being a Yankee,) is immensely tickled. Having supped at the little “Saloon” we had dined in, to the boarding house, and abed together in a room where slept four or five others, — windows unopenable by any amount of coercion.

6. Thursday. After another visit to Goat Island & the Terrapin Rock Tower, I passed out at a crevice through the Stairs leading to the Ferry; and by dint of an icy and precipitous descent got to the nearer foot of the American Fall, where there is truly a magnificent view of it. Heylyn wouldn’t do this, having sprained his hand in yesterdays exploits. A long walk along the road on the U.S. side, some 7 miles or so. And first we visited the Whirlpool, which is about half a mile below the Suspension Bridge. Here the river makes a sudden bend, and having been previously confined to narrow channels, in turning upon itself, rages, rushes and foams furiously. We descended the cliff here, by a long, winding, devious track, sometimes ladders, sometimes rocky ledge, sometimes rough steps, stone and planking. It was long, wearisome and snow covered, but hardly dangerous.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1853-01-05

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.)


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