By: Marley Kingsbery
What is Niagara Falls?
Niagara Falls is a beautiful waterfall that defines the border between Ontario, Canada and New York, USA. There are 3 different waterfalls: The American Falls, The Bridal Veil Falls, and The Horseshoe Falls. Horseshoe Falls is biggest with 681,750 gallons of water flowing over every second, then comes American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls with 75,750 gallons of water flowing over every second.
Why are the falls important?
Niagara Falls is not only the worlds most beautiful waterfall, but it has plenty more features. Daredevils see it as a way to launch a career or pull of the ultimate stunt. It is a premiere honeymoon spot anytime of the year but it is probably most important because of its... Power Plant! A lot of power comes to use from this amazing landmark.
The History of Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls started out as nothing then came to be a historic landmark in our society. It started forming as early as The Ice Ages until it gradually became the beloved Niagara Falls. The first person to experience the beauty of it all was a french priest named Father Louis Hennepin, he documented it all in a book titled A New Discovery of a Vast Country in America. He was exploring new land in 1678 on an expedition of his when he first saw Niagara Falls. In 1885 Niagara Falls was declared a State Park and is still the oldest State Park in US history.
4 of the 5 great lakes drain into the Niagara River (Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie.)
Niagara Falls protects and is home to many endangered species and plants. Its free to enter the park, but you may need a passport. Annie Edson Taylor (63 year old schoolteacher) was the 1st person to go down the falls in a barrel and survive.