Wednesday, March 28, 2012

This Day in History March 29, 1848

I think I have grown up hearing about Niagara Falls.  After all, you can't watch Looney Toons without seeing images of one of the characters attempting to go over it in a barrel.  And this is something that has been attempted--successfully, if I remember right.

Whiel the picture up top is how we are used to seeing the Falls, look at what happened on this date in 1848.

Niagara Falls actually stopped flowing for 30 hours!  I had no idea.  It was an American family that noticed first the missing roar of the Falls.  You can imagine what was happening as a result of this tremendous ice that caused the Falls to become silent.  People walked on the frozen portions and found unusual items such as guns and such for souvenirs.  Fish died.  Some people even thought it was the end of the world.

Just as suddenly as it had stopped, the evening of the 31st, the Falls reverted to normal.  The water gushed forward with a deafening roar.

I love the fact that I happened upon this information tonight.  I have never heard this before, but it must have been big news when it happened.  I hope someday I can see the Falls, but if I don't, oh well.

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