Monday, April 07, 2014

Niagara Falls. Really.


Here’s a view of Niagara Falls I’ll bet you’ve never seen.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers diverted the Niagara River, “dewatering” the American Falls on June 12, 1969.

The point of the exercise, which kept the falls mostly dry until November, 1969, was to determine the rate of erosion and to try to stabilize the falls from deterioration.

That first day, the bodies of a man, a woman and a deer were found at the foot of the falls. The woman’s body was badly decomposed, but she wore a gold wedding band engraved with “Forget me not.” The man is believed to have committed suicide by wading into the river at the edge of the falls the day before the water was diverted.

This is how the American Falls looked on June 13, 1969.

The water was restored to the falls on Nov. 24.

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