Don’t go over the edge! MarketMAPS takes a look at the next destination on our list of 100 Places You Need to Visit: Niagara Falls
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One of the top honeymoon destinations in the world, Niagara Falls refers to a collection of 3 waterfalls that straddle the international border between Ontario, Canada and New York. Together, these falls make up the southern end of the Niagara Gorge.
From largest to smallest, the three waterfalls are the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. In the middle: the aptly named Goat Island. According to geologists, Niagara Falls was formed during the Wisconsin glaciation period, around the same time as the Great Lakes. While the falls aren’t particularly high, they are wide. About 4 million cubic feet of water flow over the falls every minute, which is why they were made a source for hydroelectric power.
It is thought that the name of the falls came from a local Mohawk or Iroquois tribe. The Frenchman Samuel de Champlain visited the area as early as 1604 and noted its exquisite natural beauty. Over the decades, tourism increased greatly in the area, and by the mid 18th century, it became the area’s main industry. One of the first people to have their honeymoon at Niagara Falls was Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother, Jerome, who visited the falls with his bride in the early 19th century.
And of course, you can’t talk about Niagara Falls without mentioning all those that have gone over in barrels, buckets, and walked above on tightropes. Sam Patch was the first to initiate the tradition of daredevils going over the falls. In 1829, Patch jumped from a high tower into the gorge below the falls and survived. 63-year-old Annie Edson Taylor was the first to go over the falls in a barrel in 1901. Jean François “Blondin” Gravelet was the first to tightrope-walk across the gorge in 1859.
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