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    Would you go over the Falls in this barrel?!

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    The other day when out for a walk I went past Henri’s Motel. Out front they have a white barrel that is painted with the words:

    The original
    Hill’s Barrel
    July 1949

    I supposed they are referring to Major Lloyd Hill who went over the Falls in a barrel on July 30, 1949. NiagaraFallsInfo.com has the following information:

    On July 30th 1949, Major Lloyd Hill, using a 650 pound barrel, successfully navigated the Whirlpool Rapids. Hill became stranded in the Whirlpool and had to be rescued by the City of Niagara Falls Fire Department.

    I don’t know what all he had inside the barrel, but without any padding it sure looks like you’d be tossed around quite a bit!

    Daredevil seeks statue for Red Hill in Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    One of the last men to go over the falls in a barrel wants to see a proper memorial for one of Niagara Falls’ most legendary figures.

    Peter DeBernardi, who survived a 1989 trip over the Horseshoe Falls in a barrel he shared with Jeffrey Petkovich, is trying to raise awareness for a possible statue of famed river man Red Hill Sr. somewhere along the Niagara Parkway. Read More…

    Oct. 24, 1901: First barrel ride over Niagara Falls

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    From Yahoo! Malaysia News:

    Niagara Falls had been a tourist destination for decades before 1901, but it wasn’t until Oct. 24 of that year that the first person decided to ride a barrel over the falls.
    Former schoolteacher Annie Edson Taylor made the plunge on her 63rd birthday, hoping for fame and fortune. Taylor, whose husband had died in the Civil War, had traveled around the country taking various jobs before eventually settling on the barrel scheme as a way to avoid poverty in her old age.

    Natural wonder or carnival sideshow?

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk over Niagara Falls this summer has been pitched as a once-in-a-generation event, a tribute to stunting history that legally can take place only every two decades.

    Now three more daredevils want to join the party — promising they will seek to conquer the falls in a barrel. All have achieved the feat in the past.

    This attention to stunting revives a centuries-old debate: Should the waterfalls exist as a natural wonder or as the centerpiece of a man-made circus?

    “A little carnival is good,” said Mark DiFrancesco, owner of the Niagara Daredevil Museum on the American side of the falls. “A little bright lights and attention for the area is good. It’ll bring people into the area, and hopefully they’ll come back.”

    But others think that government officials, by approving Wallenda’s stunt, have opened the door to these other attempts by renewing interest in stunting.

    Queen of the Mist, Starring Tony Nominee Mary Testa, Takes the Plunge Off-Broadway Oct. 18

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    From Playbill.com:

    Tony Award-nominated composer-lyricist-librettist Michael John LaChiusa takes on an American icon in Queen of the Mist, starring Tony nominee Mary Testa as Anna Edson Taylor, the first person to survive the plunge over Niagara Falls. The Transport Group’s environmental staging begins performances Oct. 18 at The Gym at Judson Memorial Church…

    Here’s how the show is billed: “Based on an astounding, outrageous, and haunting true story, Queen of the Mist stars two-time Tony nominee Mary Testa as Anna Edson Taylor, who, in 1901 at the age of 63, set out to be the first woman to shoot Niagara Falls — in a barrel of her own design. Navigating both the treacherous Falls and a fickle public with a ravenous appetite for sensationalism, this unconventional heroine vies for her legacy in a world clamoring with swindling managers, assassins, revolutionaries, moralizing family, anarchists, and activists. Convinced that there is greatness in her and determined not to live as ordinary, she sets out to battle her fear and tempt her fate. With a score that incorporates turn-of-the-century themes with signature LaChiusa elements, Queen of the Mist is the story of a single great fall, and how one woman risked death so that she could live.”

    I’ll do it again: Munday

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Dave Munday is no daredevil. Though he has parachuted from an airplane more than 1,000 times and has gone over the roaring Canadian Horseshoe Falls in a barrel — twice — the Caistor Centre native doesn’t like to be referred to by that term.

    “It really wasn’t much of a big deal,” says Munday, now 74 and living in Cape Breton, N.S. of his plunges over the iconic waterfall in 1985 and again in 1993. “I’ve done sky diving and that’s a bigger thrill than going over Niagara Falls.”

    OVER THE EDGE: Freeport thrillseeker plans to barrel over Niagara Falls one last time

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    From The Walton Sun (Santa Rosa Beach, Florida):

    Steve Trotter is an intelligent, well-spoken and charismatic individual who happens to have barreled over Niagara Falls, twice.

    And, he’s about to do it again.

    When he was 22 years old, the Freeport man was the youngest person ever to ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Doing what most people define as crazy, Trotter lives life on the edge.

    Now 50 years old, and while shucking and jiving at the Acme Oyster House at The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Trotter spoke to the Sun about the first time he decided to do the unthinkable.

    “I went to visit the Falls as a kid when I was 7 years old, and I just had a draw to it,” he said. “Then I saw Annie Taylor’s barrel and I thought, ‘I have to do that.’ ”

    Daredevil survived falls, but not orange peel

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    After successfully going over the Horseshoe Falls in a barrel on Oct. 24, 1901, Annie Taylor, the first person to try such a stunt, reportedly said: “Nobody ought to ever do that again!”

    For 10 years nobody did.

    Then along came Bobby Leach. A native of Cornwall, England, he was a daredevil full of bravado and bravery who first stepped into the spotlight in Niagara Falls in 1906 when he parachuted into the Niagara River after jumping off the Upper Steel Arch Bridge, which was close to where the Rainbow Bridge is now.

    Leach’s ultimate goal, however, was to become the second person, and the first man, to go over the Horseshoe Falls in a barrel. After many delays, frustrations and considerable expense, he was ready.

    Bay City woman’s story as the first to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel told in new book

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    From MLive.com:

    Annie Edson Taylor left her boarding house room in Bay City in October 1901 to take the ultimate bumpy ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

    The extraordinary achievement is told by East Grand Rapids-native Chris Van Allsburg, in his new book, “Queen of the Falls.”

    “I read about her in the early 1970s in an old Sports Illustrated magazine I spotted on the windowsill of a factory I worked in during the summer,” Van Allsburg, 61, recalled in a phone interview from his Providence, R.I., home with the Grand Rapids Press. “The story was about people who went over Niagara Falls, and I was amazed the first person to do it was a 62-year-old woman.”

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