by George Bailey

On Friday, October 30th and All Hallow’s Eve, Saturday, October 31st the folks at historic Old Fort Erie, in Fort Erie are planning to scare you. The Niagara Parks Commission, owners and operators of the old fort, promise it will be a…

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by George Bailey

Here’s an interesting painting from myNiagara Falls collection by an unknown artist of a view of the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls from the bottom of what we now call Clifton Hill. Note the heavy volume of water going over both…

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by George Bailey

Here’s a photograph I took early this morning of the Niagara River as it flows into the whirlpool below the falls. The photograph was taken at the edge of Whirlpool Woods (it’s at the far end of the Niagara Aero Car).This time of year…

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by George Bailey

It was on October 17, 1829 that a 22 year old from Rhode Island, Sam Patch, jumped off a platform built atop a 30 metre (98 foot) ladder built on Goat Island in Niagara Falls New York into the Niagara River. He was successful and lived to…

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by George Bailey

In the Niagara Falls of today you can find plenty of top-notch hotels and Inns offering luxurious accommodations, delicious food and spectacular views of the falls. In 1822 this wasn’t the case. It took an entrepreneur named William…

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by George Bailey

The Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls turns 50 on Oct. 6th of this month. Construction of the $7 million dollar tower began in May of 1964 and at the time of it’s opening in October of 1965; it was the tallest (156 metres, 520 feet) reinforced…

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by George Bailey

I just came back from a walk near the Canadian Horseshoe Falls and saw in the lower Niagara River below the falls one of the Hornblower cruise boats travelling to the base of the falls with a full load of visitors. I thought I should let…

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by George Bailey

If you live in Niagara Falls one of the things that some residents like to do is feed the waterfowl at Dufferin Islands above the falls processed foods, bread and scraps. The Niagara Parks Commission is requesting that these folks stop…

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by George Bailey

This is what it looked like in 1999 before construction of the Fallsview Casino Resort had begun in 2001. This resort opened in June of 2004.The Casino Resort is now found where The Transformer Station for Ontario Hydro was located…

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by George Bailey

Boy has the skyline of Niagara changed over the past fifteen years. I can remember in the 60’s the tallest buildings in Niagara Falls were the Skylon Tower, Seagram Tower (now The Tower Hotel Fallsview) and the Oneida Tower. Today there…

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by George Bailey

At various times the lower Niagara River Whirlpool is a whirlpool in name only. When the river is flowing at its normal volume, water rushes into the pool and is carried past the river outlet on the right. It circulates counter-clockwise,…

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by George Bailey

In the 1920’s there was a very different Clifton Hill than we know today. In the 20’s paved roads to Niagara Falls began to appear and more tourists driving cars headed to Niagara Falls to go camping. This was something new to do in the…

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