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    A brief and somewhat inaccurate history of Niagara Falls

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    From Niagara This Week:

    No matter where I travel in this world, whenever I say I’m from Canada, the reaction is almost always “Ah Canada … Niagara Falls.” Over 25-million tourists come every year to this historic eighth wonder of the world in order to watch water fall over a cliff.

    Although it’s now Canada’s greatest tourist attraction with two casinos and a convention centre, Niagara Falls once served as the key battleground for the War of 1812. Here then is a brief history of Niagara Falls as told by, OK, me.

    Charming Niagara-on-the-Lake offers international getaway, close to home

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    This isn’t directly related to Niagara Falls, but many visitors do make a trip into Niagara-on-the-Lake when the come.

    From the Cleveland.com:

    American soldiers burned charming Niagara-on-the-Lake to the ground in late 1813, a brutal act in the ongoing War of 1812.

    Lucky for us, the Canadians rebuilt – because Americans have been enjoying this lovely, lakeside town ever since.

    For Clevelanders, especially, it’s an ideal jaunt – less than four hours by car for an international weekend away.

    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.

    Flames along border to re-live War of 1812

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    (This is old, but again, I wanted to post it still)

    From the Tonawanda News:

    Two historic forts and nearby communities along the Niagara River will be under siege again this month as part of colorful pageantry to commemorate the War of 1812.

    The events also marking the 200th anniversary of peace between the U.S. and Canada are set for Fort Niagara in Youngstown, Buffalo, Fort Erie and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.

    Major reenactments are designed to ignite interest in two of the most destructive attacks on both sides of the border: the Americans destroying Newark (now Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.) on Dec. 6, 1813, and the British seeking revenge in capturing Fort Niagara Dec. 19, and then torching homes and villages from Youngstown to Buffalo.

    For Immediate Release – Impersonate 1812

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    Last week I received the following press release from the Niagara Falls Museum:

    July 10, 2013                                                                                                       For Immediate Release

    Impersonate 1812

    As Niagara Falls prepares for the 200th anniversary of the Battles of Chippawa and Lundy’s Lane, the 199th anniversary events that are planned will have something for everyone.  We are continuing with our month filled with great events on Thursday, July 18th during our @ the Museum Thursday Night series with an event called “Impersonating 1812”.

    Starting at 6 p.m., visitors to this free family night will see, smell and partake in life during the War of 1812.  Working with local reenactors, the museum will host a fashion show, where you will see the clothing soldiers and civilians would have worn in Niagara Falls in the early 19th century.

    We also have sutlers selling their wares and also discussing such things as flowers, herbs, quilting and needle work.

    Kids will have a chance to join in a mini militia and march with soldiers.  There will be something for everyone and all ages as the night will end with a presentation of music and dance, as the Regency Dancers will put on some moves and give a few tips on how to do it.

    This free event will be a great way to have some fun on a Thursday night in the Main and Ferry area.  Check out our website for more great 1812 events such as “Hear the Cannons Roar” & “Petticoats, Boots and Muskets”.


    For further information, please visit www.niagarafallsmuseum.ca or you may contact:

    Christine Girardi
    Phone: 905-358-5082

    Clark Bernat
    Niagara Falls Museums

    Check out what we have been up to in our latest video

    @ the Museum Thursday Nights

    Battle over Peace Bridge stokes Canada-U.S. cross-border tension

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    From Canada.com:

    Three U.S. lawmakers have launched a bid to scrap the “dysfunctional” binational agency that has overseen operation of the Peace Bridge between Ontario and New York for nearly a century, part of the escalating fallout from a dispute over planned improvements to the U.S. approach to the crossing that has pitted Canadian board members against their American counterparts.

    The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority — commonly known as the Peace Bridge Authority — and the key international link it has administered since 1923 have been hailed as symbols of the enduring friendship between the U.S. and Canada after the War of 1812, the key battles of which were fought near the present site of the Niagara River bridge that connects Fort Erie, Ont., and Buffalo, N.Y.

    But that peaceful coexistence has been strained within the PBA boardroom in recent months, with Canada’s five, federally-appointed members and the five U.S. representatives locked in a deepening conflict over a planned, multimillion-dollar upgrade to roads and facilities on American side of the bridge.

    Niagara Falls Runs Dry Day & Other Weird Holidays

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    BellaOnline (“the voice of women online”) has a posting about strange holidays. Apparently in some circles, the just passed March 30 is Niagara Falls Runs Dry Day. The person who posted the information, suggests using a weird holiday to write a story:

    Niagara Falls Runs Dry Day – Have these beautiful, powerful, and majestic falls ever quit running? On March 30, 1848, the unthinkable happened. Ice that had formed on Lake Erie had slowed the falls on the American side down to a mere trickle; on the Canadian side, the falls were completely silent. A lot of people came to see this amazing event. Some were even brave (or foolish) enough to walk down around where these powerful falls normally landed and gathered relics that had been lost under the falls. Thirty hours later, the falls began to move once again.

    The falls have run dry a few other times, too, but this holiday is based on the experience in 1848.

    Create a character who is living at the time when the falls become silent. He (or she) is one of the brave individuals who walk where the now-silent falls normally hit. Nooks and crannies normally not seen are explored. Artifacts from the War of 1812 are picked up. A mystery is discovered. Does your character attempt to solve the mystery, even though it could have major repercussions on her life?

    Battle Ground Hotel offers taste of early tourism

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Access to mass transportation in the middle 1800s created new industries and introduced destinations such as Niagara Falls to the masses.

    Railroad networks provided easier access to the wonders of North America and Niagara Falls was one of the major must see attractions, just as it is today.

    At this time, people were also seeking out the historical points of interest in the region. Survivors from the War of 1812 could be found throughout the region, providing first hand accounts of the battles.

    In Niagara Falls, competition for these tourists was fierce. The battleground at Lundy’s Lane is the highest point in the city, so it also provided one of the best views away from the Falls. To take advantage of that, inns and taverns opened up in the area based on the proximity to the battlefield and tourism promoters also created towers to overlook the battlefield and the surroundings.

    Built in the 1820s, Adam Fralick modified his home and reopened it as the Battle Ground Hotel — a tavern and early tourist destination.

    Money’s there to polish up Queenston Heights

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    An historic Canadian landmark is getting a spruce-up thanks to $500,000 in federal infrastructure spending announced Monday.

    Queenston Heights in Niagara-on-the-Lake will see its worn interpretive signs and deteriorated wood stairways and railings replaced.

    A series of interpretive plaques will also be installed along the Niagara Parkway exploring themes from the War of 1812 to the Underground Railroad.

    The work will help prepare for War of 1812 bicentennial celebrations planned at Queenston Heights.

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