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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 133, January 6, 1853

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Identifier: DX01238666

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 133, January 6, 1853

Description: Describes Niagara Falls in the wintertime.


When at the bottom, it well repayed us [Gunn and Edward Heylyn]. Great waves leaping up, contending fiercely, whirling round and round in mad rage, the whole surface of the vexed river one cauldron of white foam. An hour here, then on the road again, “a lift” for a mile or two, to the “Devil’s Hole.” It is an enormous Chasm in the rocks, one great platform of cliff jutting out and beetling over awfully. (Down here were precipited some hundreds of wretched Indians in the French Canadian war.) Below there is a noise of rushing water. I got down some small distance by means of a ladder-stair, and then resumed the road with Heylyn. Miry, thawing, dirty, wet snow progression, and at length we reach Lewiston Bridge. A much finer Suspension Bridge than the other, leading, like it, into Canada. On the rocks on the other side was fought the Battle of Queenstown Heights during the Second War between the United States and Great Britain. There Brook fell and high up you can see his monument damaged and rent as it is by some malicious scoundrel, who placed gunpowder and a slow match beneath it. I did not cross here, owing to Heylyn who had been boring wretchedly about getting back in time for the Railroad Cars, (he during the whole time of his absence having been

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1853-01-06

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.)
Indians of North America
French and Indian War, 1754-1763
War of 1812


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