A History of the Falls

Book - 1997
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Niagara Falls has always been more than just a natural wonder. The sublime beauty and awesome power of the great cataract have made it a magnet for statesmen and stuntmen, poets and poseurs, ordinary sightseers and exceptional visionaries. This book traces the history of the Falls and those drawn to it: industrialists who come to harness its power, movie stars who come to garner publicity, photographers who come to test new techniques, and honeymooners who come to start new lives. As Pierre Berton shows, the history of the Falls is a chronicle filled with exceptional characters: Charles Blondin, the French daredevil who crossed the Falls on a high wire; John Roebling, the engineer who spanned the Niagara gorge before he built the Brooklyn Bridge; Henry Perky, the inventor of shredded wheat; and Robert Moses, the Power Broker himself.
Publisher: New York : Kodansha International, 1997
ISBN: 9781568361543
Branch Call Number: History 971.339 Ber


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Dec 20, 2010

A series of vignettes on some of the wierd people who have been attracted to the Falls. For the history of electrical harnessing, the excesses of Edison, Tesla and Beck are well presented.


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