This past Friday, June 15th, the great Wallenda walked across Niagara Falls.
What is the history of those daring men and women who challenged Niagara over the years?
In tribute to Wallenda’s feat, I’m rerunning a post I did a while back about them.
Ahhh – Niagara, nature’s majestic triumph,
God’s glorious gift to humanity,
Home of those….
CRAZY MEN AND WOMEN IN TIGHTS!
For strange – unknown reasons, NIAGARA has been (and remains) a mystic magnet, pulling in people who have thoughts of fame and fortune or just plain weird and crazy thoughts about becoming a part of the drama of the mighty cataracts – and some fulfill their dream and remain forever in Niagara’s lore (and depths).
“The pictures we liked the best (meaning those we argued the most about) were of those daredevils who’d done those bad-ass tricks and stunts over the Falls. While those pictures were exciting, they made us feel cheated as well, because the cops didn’t let anyone do cool things like that anymore.” Kevin; ‘Bridges – a Tale of Niagara’
Beginning in 1827 (see last week’s post “the ‘Pirate’ ship, the buffalo and the loss of innocence”) and right up to the present, people have challenged Niagara. Whether it’s the surging brink itself, the powerful whirlpool, the steep walls of the gorge above or the raging rapids below – there’s been a steady stream of human fodder offering themselves to the water god in exchange for a moment of glory. Cowabunga!!
The age of the Niagara stuntmen had begun!