Wallenda first to chance crossing Niagra Falls via tightrope in 100+ years

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  1. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    "Look out below!" (Sorry, had to start out that way.)

    Tightrope walker to attempt first crossing of Niagara Falls
    in more than a century (and without a safety net)
    (Daily Mail)
    more at link above

    Daredevils of Niagra Falls (individual histories at niagrafrontier.com)

    Makes me queasy just thinking about it.
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    Just looking over the reports on the "Daredevils" link above of tourist-stunt "crossings," the first being in 1827 when a derelict schooner decorated like a pirate ship, with a buffalo, two small bears, two raccoon, a dog, and a goose aboard, was towed above the Falls, eventually crashing at their base. The bears escaped into the rapids before the plummet and the goose also survived.
     
  4. badhorsie

    badhorsie Mouth operational, brain elsewhere...

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    All I can say is why?
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    The promoter had intimated that the animals would survive the plunge.

    Life was somewhat coarser in 1827, evidently.
     

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