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    The story of the Niagara River: The water wonder of the world

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    From the Globe and Mail:

    Oscar Wilde, Richard Nixon, Pierre Trudeau, Marilyn Monroe, Winston Churchill, Shirley Temple, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Charles Blondin, Wild Bill Hickok, Laura Secord, H.G. Wells, Charles Dickens, Helen Keller, Sir Harry Oakes, Jimmy Stewart, Princess Diana …

    Bit characters all – in a story in which the main character has always been and will always be: the Falls.

    Those famous names, with one notable exception, were all as impressed in their day by Niagara Falls as will be the millions of visitors who come this year to stare in awe at one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

    Helen Keller, who could not see and could not hear, experienced the falls through her hands. She was so moved by the vibrations she could feel on a hotel windowsill that she told her mother: “One feels helpless and overwhelmed in the presence of such a vast force.”

    Technicality keeps Niagara’s landmark off world list

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara Falls will not be among the new Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

    And because of a technicality, it’s not even in the top 77.

    For months, organizers of the Swiss-based group New7Wonders have been asking officials on both sides of the Niagara River to form a supporting committee for Niagara Falls to be eligible for the worldwide vote.

    Each nominee requires a committee to facilitate judges and other special events leading up to the announcement of the final seven wonders in 2011.

    Because Niagara Falls is a binational attraction, supporting committees on both the Canadian and the U. S. sides were necessary for it to be eligible.

    Niagara Falls Tourism agreed to be the committee for Canada. But in the U. S., no committee was ever formed and Niagara Falls was ruled ineligible after voting for the final list of nominees ended July 7.

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