One of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world is the Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls is comprised of three waterfalls. These three waterfalls have been a popular tourist attraction since the 18th century.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the famous tourist attraction:
Niagara Falls Facts #1:
One of the waterfalls, the Horseshoe Falls, is the most powerful waterfall in North America. It should be noted that power in this instance is defined by vertical height and flow rate.
Niagara Falls Facts #2:
An important fact about the three waterfalls is that they are relatively close to two popular cities, Buffalo, New York, and Toronto, Canada. The waterfalls are 17 miles away from the city of Buffalo, and 75 miles away from Toronto. This is an important fact because many tourists each year visit the extraordinary tourist attraction.
Niagara Falls Facts #3:
Although some people think that the waterfalls are high, their total height is only 167 feet. In comparison, the Victoria Falls in southern Africa is 355 feet high. It should be noted, however, that Niagara Falls is a relatively wide landmark. For instance, the Horseshoe Falls is 2,600 feet across.
Niagara Falls Facts #4:
One fact that I did not know before writing this article is that the falls are an important source of hydroelectric power. I previously knew that the falls were always known for their beauty, but I was unaware that they had any technological importance.
Niagara Falls Facts #5:
The volume of water that goes over the falls during the time of peak flow is high. In fact, the flow can be as large as 225,000 cubic feet per second. As for the average annual flow rate, it is 85,000 cubic feet.
Niagara Falls Facts #6:
A body of water that contributes to the total volume of water at Niagara Falls is Lake Erie. The peak flow at the falls is in late spring or early summer.
Niagara Falls Facts #7:
It is generally believed that the name of the falls is from the Iroquois language. The actual name comes from the word “Ongniaahra.” This word means “point of land cut in two.”
Niagara Falls Facts #8:
Another interesting fact about the tourist destination is that Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother, Jerome, visited the historic place with his bride in the early 1800s.
Niagara Falls Facts #9:
There was a spike in tourism at the falls during the first years after the automobile was invented. This made access to the falls easier for many people.
Niagara Falls Facts #10:
On a final note, a number of people have attempted to walk across the falls. One person, in particular, was Jean Francois “Blondin” Gravelet who crossed the Niagara Gorge in 1859. On a side note, there has only been one woman to date to cross the falls. Her name was Maria Spelterini, and she was 23-years-old when she accomplished the dangerous feat.
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