1/22/2007

Niagara Falls...1911...Pix from Mom

This afternoon the following pix showed up in my email. Thanks Mom!


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Anybody know anything more about these pix. Like to credit the photographer at least.

Coldest part of the winter, so far and just when I was thinking that things were going to be abit warmer for me, I'm reminded by these pix just how cold it used to be. Two duvets now on the big bed this winter...extra blanket on deck...
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10 comments:

Celia said...

These are amazing pictures. Thanks for posting them!

fix buffalo said...

Celia,

again, these came as a surprise from my mom...agree, they are pretty amazing...

Mark Williams said...

I believe the year was 1911 when it was so cold that Niagara Falls, literally, froze...

Don't know the photographer; it could have been Orrin Dunlap, whose work was recently displayed at the Niagara Falls Library.

His granddaughter, Janette Dunlap, resides in Lewiston....

fix buffalo said...

Mark,

Thanks for the heads-up. Love the local history collection at NF Library. It's first rate, planning to return there again in the next few weeks for some non-fix research.

MJ said...

Quick search of Google images turned up ths pagefrom the falls library:

http://www.nfpl.library.on.ca/stuntupload/winter_and_ice.htm

lots of pics of frozen falls

fix buffalo said...

MJ,

Thanks for the tip. Here's the hotlink frozen pix

Love the ones of Dufferin Island, a favorite place!

MJ said...

Its amazing to see people and horses frolicking on the ice bridge. Seems like a very cool festival atmosphere they used to have down there. Seems like it would have been easy to cross the border ;)

But I pry would have been hestitent on it the whole time. I can't imagine the horror when it gave away in 1914 with people still on it. The picture of the collapsed bridge was interesting too.

As for the winter cold, I just assimilate. I keep my house at 60 max and still roam about in t-shirts. I try to remain flexible to the change in seasons, though visiting friends don't seem to be as open minded!

Mom said...

Happy so many people enjoyed the pix.....they came via email from my brother in Dearborn. Where he got them...who knows.

Anonymous said...

I've read that when the falls froze solid, the silence was very strange. Folks get used to the "white noise" of the falls. The last time this may have happened was in the 1930's; I think the winter of either 36-37 or 37-38. The ice jam in the river was so large, that it carried away the "Honeymoon Bridge", built just below the falls between the US & Canada. The present Rainbow Bridge was built about in the same spot & opened about 1939 or 1940.

There's plenty of photos of the bridge after the ice ripped it away from its moorings. No injuries -- there was plenty of warning that the bridge would go & it had been closed well in advance.

Chip

Richard said...

My grandfather watched the Honeymoon Bridge come down in 1938 and snapped pictures that reside somewhere in the family archives.