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Tightrope Walk Across Niagara Falls On June 15—Facts And Links Pertaining To This Great Stunt

(Blogger’s Note–This is a post I first ran in February.  The tightrope walk across the falls has been scheduled for Friday, June 15 . Here are a few details from the Canadian Broadcasting Company—Niagara Falls is bracing for record crowds descending on the city this week to watch tightrope walker Nik Wallenda cross the falls on Friday. Hotel rooms are almost sold out… As many as 120,000 people are expected to jostle for a spot on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls to watch the 33-year-old daredevil make the 550-metre walk.)

Update—6/15/12–The New York Times published a story about the walk later today.

Permission has been granted on both sides of Niagara Falls for a man to attempt to cross the falls on a tightrope.

(Above–Maria Spelterini crossing a portion of the falls in 1876. The fact that Ms. Spelterini lived until 1912 will clue you in as to the outcome of this walk.)

From Reuters-

“Canada agreed on Wednesday to allow a member of the Flying Wallenda family of daredevils to attempt a tightrope walk over Niagara Falls, clearing the way for the stunt some time during the summer. Nik Wallenda, 33, secured support on the American side of the falls last September when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill giving him one year to perform the feat, which Wallenda says will be the first attempt in more than a century.” 

You can click the link above for all the details. Mr. Wallenda asserts that this walk will be unique in that it will be the first to cross right over the falls.

I support this walk as I can think of no reason not to do so. If this guy is a pro and has the proper permits–More power to him.

Here are facts about tightrope walking.

Here is a history of Niagara Falls daredevils of various kinds. 

Niagara Falls and Buffalo are great places to visit on vacation. Buffalo is one of the cities I encourage folks to visit in the summer vacation post I run each year.

Here is information about visiting the American side of the falls. 

Here is information about visiting the Canadian side of the falls. 

Here is a live image of the falls.

A good book is Niagara—A History of the Falls by Pierre Berton.

I’ve been lucky enough to visit Niagara Falls three times.

While it may seem to some a destination more popular in years gone by, there is a lot to do on both sides of the falls for a vacation of a number of days.

The Niagara area is not retro or stodgy or hip. It is just an interesting place to learn and to have fun.

Learning and having fun are often one in the same.

(Below–Niagara by Frederick Edwin Church is a famous painting. It was painted in 1857 and is on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. I saw it once and it is quite impressive.)  


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