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    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…

    105 years ago, Niagara Falls ice bridge cracks, and three are swept to their deaths

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Believe it or not, visitors to Niagara Falls used to be able to walk on the ice bridges that form naturally at the base of the cataracts.

    The ice bridges form every winter, typically in January Read More…

    Niagara Falls ice bridge tragedy — 100 years later

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    One of the most dramatic and tragic events in the history of Niagara Falls took place 100 years ago Saturday.

    Feb. 4, 1912, a Sunday, was a clear, windy and very cold day in Niagara Falls. Nevertheless, hundreds of people — both residents and tourists — were on hand that morning to view the gorgeous winter scenery around the falls and to take a walk on the ice bridge.

    One of Niagara’s most spectacular winter creations, the ice bridge is essentially a suspended glacier, often of great thickness, that stretches across the gorge just below the Falls. Beginning in the 1880s, it became a popular winter playground. Local businessmen even set up concession shanties out on the ice where one could buy drinks, including whisky, hot dogs, souvenirs and get a tintype picture taken.

    Ice bridge takes shape under falls

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    From the Tonawanda News:

    In the wake of bone-chilling temperatures over the past couple of weeks, Niagara’s top off-season attraction has formed below the falls.

    The ice bridge, as it is known, was spotted Friday morning by Emil Bende, general manager of marine operations at the Canadian Maid of the Mist landing.

    “It (the ice) was struggling to take shape the last few days,” Bende said, adding that even after it formed, some openings occurred a short time later.

    “But now it’s solid, shore to shore,” he said, viewing the mid-afternoon scene.

    I wonder if this is still true with the weather we’ve

    “When Ice Bridged a Gorge Between Nations”

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    On Saturday, Sherman Zavitz‘s column in the Niagara Falls Review was about when ice has frozen over the Niagara River right near the falls. Unfortunately the piece wasn’t online, so I took a picture of it for you to see. Occasionally the Review does this, so the only way to ensure you get it is to be a subscriber.

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