Ice Bridge Tragedy

George Bailey   

It was Sunday, February 4.1912, a bright and clear day, yet windy and bitterly cold that 3 people tragically lost their lives while frolicking on Niagara’s ice bridge below the falls.

At that time it was the thing for families to do and even legal to do.
The ice bridge was a natural phenomenon that locals and tourists enjoyed doing.

This day would be different. Eldridge and Clara Stanton of Toronto and 17 year old Burell Hecock of Cleveland were enjoying themselves on the bridge when suddenly the wind changed direction and the ice bridge broke up stranding them on two different ice flows.
Despite valiant efforts to rescue the three they were soon swept to their deaths into the Niagara River.

Attached is a photograph of Burell Hecock stranded on an ice flow minutes before it broke up throwing him into the Niagara River.

 Since that day it has been illegal to walk onto this ice bridge.

Today there is a spectacular ice-bridge to be seen at Niagara but remember enjoy it from a distance.

I’ve attached a photograph I took a few days ago of the ice bridge in front of the American Falls.