One of our favorite destinations in the U.S., Niagara Falls has amazed explorers and tourists for over three hundred years. The following paintings and photos depict its interesting history and events around the turn of the century.
An East View of the Great Cataract of Niagara is a historic watercolour of Niagara Falls painted on site by Thomas Davies (c. 1737–1812) in 1762. It was the first eyewitness painting and the first accurate view of the falls
Woodcut of Niagara Falls from Etats-Unis d'Amerique by Roux de Rochelle. Published by Firmin Didot Freres, Paris, 1837
Young man and girl seated on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, circa 1858.
Maria Spelterini is walking across a tightrope across the Niagara Gorge, with her feet in peach baskets. In the background is the Niagara Suspension Bridge, which is full of spectators.
A Couple Post by the Edge of the Falls in 1855
The Maid of the Mist during the 1890s
Under the Cave of the Winds
Another view of Niagara Falls during the freeze of 1911. They called it an "Ice Mountain" and it became a sledding destination
Niagara Falls during the freeze of 1911
The first panoramic photo of the Falls, Panoramic Camera Company.
Overlooking Horseshoe Falls in 1927
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