On June 30 I posted about one of Blondin’s trips across the gorge. The Nashua Telegraph has some more detailed information (more than the blurb I put below):
Dressed in pink tights and a yellow tunic, world-class funambulist Jean-Francois Gravelet (better known as The Great Blondin due to his fair hair) became the first person to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope today in 1859. This extraordinary feat took him all of five minutes.
From a PR Web press release:
The historic Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview will be celebrating its 80th birthday on July 1, 2009.
The Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview, previously named the Brock Plaza Hotel, has maintained its reputation as a hotel that is able to flawlessly combine its historic charm with modern amenities. As the first luxury hotel in Niagara Falls the Crowne Plaza hotel has had many famous visitors including Marilyn Monroe, Walt Disney, Queen Elizabeth, and Jackie Chan to name just a few.
It might seem like I’m late with this, but the date on the press release was July 2, 2009, a day after the birthday.
According to the Minneapolis – St. Paul Star Tribune, on this day in 1859…
French acrobat Charles Blondin (born Jean Francois Gravelet) walked back and forth on a tightrope above the gorge of Niagara Falls as thousands of spectators watched.
How’s this for a trip down memory lane?!
Feel free to leave a comment with some of your memories…
Note: you can click on any of the pictures to view a larger image.
Jay Cochrane, famous for his tight rope walking, will once again be performing in Niagara Falls this summer. He will be performing his act between the Niagara Fallsview Casino and the Hilton Hotel and on Saturdays will perform the longest and highest skywalk performed outside of China, from the Niagara Fallsview Casino to the top of the Skylon Tower, beginning June 17. The Saturday walk of 1800 feet and a height of 400 – 600 feet above ground is expected to take between 40 and 50 minutes to complete.
Jay Cochrane performed at Casino Niagara in 2002.