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    The history of Chippawa

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    History came alive Sunday as Sherman Zavitz, the city’s official historian, hosted a walking tour of Chippawa.

    Before a crowd of 80 people, Zavitz said the area was first mentioned 339 years ago, even before there was a town.

    On Dec. 7, 1678, Louis Hennepin, a missionary and explorer, became the first European to view the mighty Niagara Falls.

    “He was awed by the spectacle,” Zavitz said. “He later wrote in his diary the falls were a vast and prodigious cadence of water falling down in an astonishing manner.”

    That night, Hennepin and his company set up camp alongside the Welland River, in an area now known as Kingsbridge Park.

    The walking tour focused on the history of the area on both sides of the river, commonly referred to as Chippawa Creek.

    Review columnist says goodbye

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Sherman Zavitz has closed the book on one chapter in his life.

    Over the past 26 years, he has written around 900 columns on local history for the Niagara Falls Review. His final Niagara Note column will appear in Saturday’s newspaper.

    “It has become increasingly difficult for me to come up with solid, entertaining, suitable topics,” said Zavitz, the official historian for the City of Niagara Falls and Niagara Parks.

    “Rather than see the column decline in quality, I felt that maybe it’s time to retire. It was a tough decision to make.”

    ZAVITZ: Amazing 1939 discoveries made at Niagara forts

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    While recently reading some Niagara news from 1939 (yes, 1939), I came across some interesting items that I would like to share with you. All concern some sort of discovery.

    During the spring and summer of that year work was progressing on the restoration of Old Fort Erie which, of course, had played a major role during the War of 1812.

    In late May 1939, a startling find took place when the skeletons of nearly a hundred British soldiers were discovered lying in eight large wooden boxes buried in a shallow trench. The press account of the discovery noted, “In some places the bodies were found lying three deep. Among their bones in some cases were the actual musket balls that had struck them.”

    The story behind this discovery is both dramatic and tragic.

    From Hennepin to hydro

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    From the Niagara Falls Review (including a video):

    The area around Niagara Falls was to be preserved as “a mecca of peace” for the “millions of overworked and tired humanity” to enjoy, according to John Langmuir, the second chairman of the Niagara Parks Commission.

    A century and a quarter after it was created, the parks commission is still meeting that objective, said historian Sherman Zavitz, who quoted Langmuir’s vision during a walking tour of Queen Victoria Park Sunday.

    “He thought about that for a while before he wrote those lines,” Zavitz said.

    Sunday’s tour was one of the events marking this year’s 125th anniversary of the Niagara Parks Commission’s creation in 1885. Zavitz will lead a second free tour Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., leaving from the parks police station.

    “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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