From the Niagara Gazette:
As I’ve said before, and I say again because it bears repeating, talk to almost any senior Niagara Falls, New York resident with a good memory, or any expatriate, anyone who has moved away but who still harbors grand memories of their beloved, albeit forsaken hometown, inevitably the subject of fine cuisine and the city’s grand old days inevitably arise.
Niagarans of every nationality whether they hailed from Europe, New England or the Deep South, have fond memories of the good food and great places that Niagara Falls was once famous for, beside the Cataracts.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
It’s a leather-bound relic stuck on the top shelf of a basement room at Oak Hall.
It’s tucked behind a sheet of plastic, barely noticeable among the binders, filing cabinets and film canisters.
But it just might be the most impressive autograph collection in Niagara Falls.
The first signature in the Niagara Parks Commission’s official guest book is illegible. It was someone from England who visited on Aug. 8, 1920. The next dozen or so pages are the same thing — quickly-scrawled names of people who passed through the Commission’s 62.2-hectare park named for Queen Victoria, which opened in May 1888.
It was an unremarkable tome, notable only to mark the distances people travelled to see Niagara Falls.
Then in 1923, former British Prime Minister David Lloyd George became the first famous visitor to sign the book. It wasn’t flashy — no witty message attached — but it was history.
Since then, the rich and famous alike have been jotting their names in the same book, compiling a roll call any autograph collector would covet.