Tag: dry

    1969: Niagara Falls runs dry

    No Comments

    From Mashable.com:

    For several months in 1969, the torrent of water rushing over American Falls, one of three waterfalls that makes up Niagara Falls, was reduced to little more than a trickle.
    American Falls is recognizable for the immense rock pile, or talus, at its base, the result of a series of natural rockslides over the years. In the late 1960s, concerns were growing that further rockslides could erode the falls completely.
    To study the geological composition of the falls and forestall their potential destruction, a joint American-Canadian commission decided to dewater them for five months.
    Over three days in June 1969, more than 1,200 trucks dumped nearly 28,000 tons of rocky fill into a cofferdam upstream of the falls, diverting the flow of the Niagara River away from American Falls and toward the much larger Horseshoe Falls.
    With the falls dry for the first time in millennia, the US Army Corps of Engineers began their investigation.

    Whirlpool jets into 25th year

    No Comments

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    When Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours opened its doors in 1992, it was a modest affair.

    A single boat took passengers through soaking whitewater from the Niagara River mouth in Niagara-on-the-Lake through the Devil’s Hole Rapids to the Niagara Whirlpool.

    This year marks the 25th for the business headquartered in the town.

    It now boasts a fleet of eight, 50-passenger jet boats that depart from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls, Ont., (via a shuttle to the Queenston dock) and Lewiston, N.Y.

    Its format: approximately one-hour tours that fold in highlights about the famous river’s complex geology and history.

    Passengers also choose between two types of trips; wet or dry in a covered “Jet Dome.”

    This season is the earliest ever, following one of the mildest winters in recent years. The launch is about three weeks earlier than usual.

    Photo Shows Niagara Falls Bone Dry

    No Comments

    From Inquisitr.com:

    A photo of a dry Niagara Falls has been shared on Twitter more than 750 times after it was published Monday (July 7).

    The poster of the photo said it was from the year 1969 and showed a rare, completely bone dry Niagara Falls from what appeared to be an aerial view.

    Click through to see the photo…

    Categories: Niagara Falls History Tags: Tags: , , ,
    %d bloggers like this: