By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (March 22, 2022) – In Issue 2022-056 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we wonder where the water went?

Niagara Falls Runs Dry

In 1903 on this day Niagara Falls ran dry on the American side (well, other than a few small trickles).

People saw the bedrock and could walk it, and many indeed did do so.

This highly unusual event was caused by an ice jam slightly upstream at Goat Island.  The Canadian side kept on flowing.

In 1948 the Falls were completely dry for over one day, again due to ice blockage.

Here is an 1876 Mitchell map of Ontario with the Falls of Niagara identified.

Ontario – 1876 with Niagara Falls Identified (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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