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April 24, 2013
Panoramic of the Great Niagara River Gorge featuring the former Schoellkopf Power Station and the Rainbow International Bridge - April 23rd 2013
The Colours of the Skylon Tower
Maid in America
Welcome to Thunder Alley, a comprehensive web site about Niagara Falls.
dedicated to education, history & tourism
a history &
The Niagara Frontier has
a remarkably rich heritage of International and natural history that has
forever shaped our lives and future in peace and harmony.
Experience and learn about the best of the sights, sounds, attractions and accommodations that Niagara Falls has to offer.
Did you ever wonder how old is Niagara Falls? How big is Niagara Falls? or how tall is Niagara Falls?
View the beautiful sights of nature's own masterpiece carved into the landscape by wind, ice and water over 12,000 years along the 7 miles (11 kilometers) of the Niagara River Gorge.
Hear the incessant roaring Thunder of Niagara and experience the awesome sights and feelings as 100,000 cubic feet of water per second rush over the edge of the Falls as waters from the Upper Great Lakes Basin empties over the 170 foot high precipice.
Visit Ontario's Niagara Parks and New York State's Reservation Park at Niagara Falls. See the Horseshoe Falls , the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. Walk amongst one of the finest and oldest parks in the world. Enjoy the balance of nature which has been preserved, protected and maintained by Canadians and Americans peacefully sharing the beauty and grandeur of the Falls of Niagara with International flavour. It is truly one of the most beautiful parklands in North America. Niagara Falls is a treasure of natural and man made jewels that must be seen. Visit the many exciting and daring sites and attractions which highlight & compliment the very best Niagara Falls has to offer. These amazing sights and sounds can only be fully appreciated in person.
Aside from the natural wonder of the Falls themselves - the twin Cities of Niagara Falls boasts a large array of attractions for all ages. Visitors can enjoy the many museums, amusement parks, gardens and parklands. As well as learn about the various daredevils that have braved the challenge. Or, for those that feel lucky - Niagara Falls is home to three Casinos.
Thunder Alley provides up-to-date information on directions, parking, attractions, bridges and hydroelectric power.
For International visitors, learn about the Customs Regulations that visitors should know about entering or exiting the Canadian/USA border.
Whether planning a vacation, a honeymoon, or interested in learning about the history & facts of the Falls of Niagara, find all this information here at your finger tips.
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Fallsview Tourist District at Night
Blondin's Narrow Escape
It isn't always safe to place too much confidence in strangers, as a good many victims of the bunco game have found to their cost. Sometimes physical danger results, as in the case of Blondin's narrow escape.
Blondin, the renowned rope-walker usually carried a man upon his back when walking the tight-rope. Formerly he was wont to bargain with some one to accompany him on his dangerous journey. On the occasion of a performance in Chicago, a man offered his services gratis.
Blondin accepted them and ascended to the rope with his living burden. When the pair had reached the middle of the rope the man began to laugh heartily.
"What is it that amuses you?" the rope-walker asked with astonishment.
"Oh, a comic idea has just struck me. I was thinking what sort of face you would pull if, during the next half minute, both of us were to fall down upon the audience."
"But we shall not fall," replied Blondin reassuringly.
"But I have determined upon this occasion to take my life."
At the same moment the man began to wriggle about so that the rope-walker nearly lost his balance. He however, soon composed himself, dropped his balancing-pole and gripped the man so firmly with his hands that the latter was unable to move.
Blondin then, continuing his walk, although in a great state of trepidation, he arrived safely at the end of the rope, and allowing his living burden to slide from his shoulders, he administered a box on both ears with such force that the would be suicide fell down unconscious.
Since that terrible journey Blondin has carried only one man, his true and faithful son, on every occasion.
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