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    Would you go over the Falls in this barrel?!

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    The other day when out for a walk I went past Henri’s Motel. Out front they have a white barrel that is painted with the words:

    The original
    Hill’s Barrel
    July 1949

    I supposed they are referring to Major Lloyd Hill who went over the Falls in a barrel on July 30, 1949. NiagaraFallsInfo.com has the following information:

    On July 30th 1949, Major Lloyd Hill, using a 650 pound barrel, successfully navigated the Whirlpool Rapids. Hill became stranded in the Whirlpool and had to be rescued by the City of Niagara Falls Fire Department.

    I don’t know what all he had inside the barrel, but without any padding it sure looks like you’d be tossed around quite a bit!

    ZAVITZ: Aero car has had an ‘exhilarating’ century

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It was like a sunny island in the midst of gloomy seas — a happy news story at a time when most of the news, especially if it came from the European war front, was decidedly depressing.

    That “happy” story was on the front page of The Niagara Falls Review for Wednesday, Aug. 9, 1916. The headline read “Aero Cableway Opened Yesterday.”

    Now known as the Whirlpool Aero Car, this popular Niagara Parks attraction is about to celebrate its centennial. Over the past century millions of people have been treated to a bird’s-eye view of the mighty whirlpool as they glided across six cables, some 75 metres above that turbulent watery spectacle.

    Teens fall from jet boat into river

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    From the Associated Press (via WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo as well as the Wall Street Journal):

    Authorities say three passengers fell from a jet boat into the lower Niagara River downstream of Niagara Falls and were pulled back aboard by the crew and other passengers.

    The Buffalo News says it happened Monday during a run by Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours, a Canadian company that offers thrill rides in the turbulent Niagara Gorge.

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