Niagara Falls has attracted visitors from around the world for centuries - politicians, celebrities and world leaders have all been drawn here to see this natural wonder in person. Niagara Parks has welcomed not only VIPs but many motion picture stars and television productions as well, including Marilyn Monroe, Christopher Reeve and Drew Barrymore. Stories, poems and songs have also been written to describe the Niagara experience to the world. Here are just a few!
King George VI, 1939
Shirley Temple-Black 1944
Princess Margaret, 1958
Princess Diana with Prince William and Prince Harry, at the Maid of the Mist, 1991
Christopher Reeve as Superman, near the Horseshoe Falls, 1979.
The Radio City Music Hall "Rockettes" 2004.
Charles Dickens wrote:
"It was a miserable day; chilly and raw; a damp mist falling; and the trees in that northern region quite bare and wintry. Whenever the train halted, I listened for the roar; and was constantly straining my eyes in the direction where I knew the Falls must be, from seeing the river rolling on towards them; every moment expecting to behold the spray. Within a few minutes of our stopping, not before, I saw two great white clouds rising up slowly and majestically from the depths of the earth. That was all. At length we alighted: and then for the first time, I heard the mighty rush of water, and felt the ground tremble underneath my feet.
The bank is very steep, and was slippery with rain, and half-melted ice. I hardly know how I got down, but I was soon at the bottom, and climbing, with two English officers who were crossing and had joined me, over some broken rocks, deafened by the noise, half-blinded by the spray, and wet to the skin. We were at the foot of the American Fall. I could see an immense torrent of water tearing headlong down from some great height, but had no idea of shape, or situation, or anything but vague immensity.
When we were seated in the little ferry-boat, and were crossing the swollen river immediately before both cataracts, I began to feel what it was: but I was in a manner stunned, and unable to comprehend the vastness of the scene. It was not until I came on Table Rock, and looked — Great Heaven, on what a fall of bright-green water! — that it came upon me in its full might and majesty." American Notes, 1842
Mark Twain wrote:
"NIAGARA FALLS is a most enjoyable place of resort. The hotels are excellent, and the prices not at all exorbitant. The opportunities for fishing are not surpassed in the country; in fact, they are not even equaled elsewhere. Because, in other localities, certain places in the streams are much better than others; but at Niagara one place is just as good as another, for the reason that the fish do not bite anywhere, and so there is no use in your walking five miles to fish, when you can depend on being just as unsuccessful nearer home. The advantages of this state of things have never heretofore been properly placed before the public." Niagara by Mark Twain From "Sketches New and Old" 1903, Samuel Clemens