by George Bailey   

My hat is raised to two Niagara Falls Historians who have helped keep Niagara Falls history alive. We would know little about Niagara’s colourful past if it were not for historians who have taken the time to record in print our history.   The first person... Read more...

by George Bailey   

I have just finished reading once more Linda Bramble’s excellent book ”Undiscovered Niagara” published in the early 1990’s. There’s a section in the book that tells about a number of Niagara Falls hidden secrets. I’ve listed a few of her choices and add... Read more...

by George Bailey   

I recently blogged about the “Fake” Rainbow Cabins that was seen in the 1952 movie, “Niagara” starring Marilyn Monroe and as a result a number of people have asked for more information on these cabins. Here it is. About 25 carpenters were employed for t... Read more...

by George Bailey   

  Since writing the book, “Marilyn Monroe and the Making of Niagara” in 1999,(No longer in print) I can’t tell you how many times yearly I’m contacted about where various scenes for this movie was filmed in Niagara Falls.   Many times I have taken the tim... Read more...

by George Bailey   

  Meteorologists are reporting that Lake Erie is now 97 % covered by ice. This is the largest cover of ice in 20 years. Lake Erie is the shallowest of the five Great Lakes. This year ice started forming in the latter part of November. It usually doesn’t... Read more...

by George Bailey   

I was at a Rotary fund raising trivia night last week and one of the questions was, “What does the word Ongiara mean?”   The most accepted answer is Niagara.   This spelling is attributed to the natives that one time lived in this area. Other variations o... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Treat your sweetie (it doesn’t have to be the guy always) to a romantic get a way to Niagara Falls this Valentines Day. Hoteliers and restaurateurs are offering a wide variety of packages for every budget (see this web site).After you’ve explored all that... Read more...

by George Bailey   

February is Black History Month Niagara played a big part in helping slaves that escaped from the Southern United States enjoy freedom. In 1834, slavery came to an end when it was abolished throughout the British Empire, this included Niagara. During th... Read more...

by 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... Read more...

by George Bailey   

With the weather being still so cold at Niagara I thought I’d blog a bit more about previous winters in Niagara. Up until 1912 ,small temporary shacks were found during very cold winters, like the one we’re having now, on Ice Bridges that had formed belo... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Niagara’s Blizzard of 77 Remembered I’m old enough to remember this devastating winter storm that hit Niagara on January 27th, 1977. I was at home when within a few hours my car was almost completely covered and fluffy snow filled up to my roof line. I... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Niagara Falls Ice Bridge…Just What Exactly is an Ice Bridge? Ice Bridges have been found at Niagara Falls during severely cold winters (like the one we are having now) ever since water over the falls has been flowing. An ice bridge is when the surface wa... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Like now It’s Been VERY Cold in the Past at Niagara Falls With temperatures ranging in the -30 Celsius I thought you might like to know we’ve had cold temperatures like this in the past. Here are a few photos taken from my library. In one image people... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Ice Jams are not New Below the Falls On January 23, 1938 a tremendous amount of ice filled the gorge immediately below the falls. This build up of ice eventually toppled at 4:20 pm on January 27th the Upper Steel Arch Bridge (also known as the Honeymoon... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Snow Plowing1927 Style With all the cold weather and snow we’ve had lately at Niagara Falls I though you might get a kick at how they removed snow near the falls in 1927. Here’s a photo of an early snow plough clearing the roadway at Table Rock. It’s qu... Read more...

by George Bailey   

There’s Still Time to have a Free Skate at the Rink at the Brink I was at near the falls last night and was reminded about the great TD Rink at the Brink at Table Rock. The rink is part of the annual OPG Winter Festival of Lights. Locals can brink their... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Niagara Spray or Spar..What is It? Niagara Spar, some folks called it spray or even petrified mist was found usually behind the falls in the late 1800 hundreds and early 1900’s.It is a white or grey crystalline, quartzite stone with supposedly... Read more...

by Toni Williams   

Marilyn Attempts to Leave Niagara Falls Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada June 1952 You can see Marilyn Monroe trying to catch a cab to travel into the United States. She is on the Canadian side of the Rainbow Bridge directly in front of the General Brock H... Read more...

by George Bailey   

It seems that Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls Street of Fun has been around as long as the falls has been flowing ( a bit of an exaggeration).It’s hard to imagine another street anywhere in the world that offers as many attractions, restaurants, shopping and... Read more...