10 Rare Images of Niagara Falls, 1855-1927

 

 

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.

 

 1762
1762
Thomas Davies

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

 1837
1837

Woodcut of Niagara Falls from Etats-Unis d'Amerique by Roux de Rochelle. Published by Firmin Didot Freres, Paris, 1837

 

 1858
1858

Young man and girl seated on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, circa 1858.

 1876
1876

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.

 1855
1855
Edward Amsinck

A Couple Post by the Edge of the Falls in 1855

Canadian Press

The Maid of the Mist during the 1890s

 1901
1901
Underwood and Underwood

Under the Cave of the Winds

 1911
1911

Another view of Niagara Falls during the freeze of 1911. They called it an "Ice Mountain" and it became a sledding destination

 1911
1911

Niagara Falls during the freeze of 1911

 1913
1913
Panoramic Camera Company

The first panoramic photo of the Falls, Panoramic Camera Company.

 1927
1927
City of Toronto Archives

Overlooking Horseshoe Falls in 1927

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