Niagara falls frozen [1848]

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This is a rare image which was purportedly taken in 1911 offer postcard views of Niagara Falls completely frozen over. It circulated by email from aprox. 2003.

It is said to be fake, however…. The flow of water was stopped completely over both falls on March 29th 1848 due to an ice jam in the upper river for several hours. This is the only known time to have occurred. The Falls did not actually freeze over, but the flow was stopped to the point where people actually walked out and recovered artifacts from the riverbed!

Niagara had frozen again in 1936. (the last time for quite a while i might add…).

Niagara falls frozen [1848]

Photographer: unknown
Source: nfpl.library.on.ca

27 thoughts on “Niagara falls frozen [1848]

  1. shue! I even dont live in canada or usa, but i still know ‘da falls are next to toronto and something… so…
    oh, and i’m sorry for the writing mistakess… (whea!!! i think there is another one again!!!) but have to say, as a girl who’s parent’s were there and left ‘da girl back home, ‘da my parent’s took some outstanding fotos out there! And i would b happy to visit at the falls!
    Oh! if anybody has any “have to know” information abaut the falls, tell me!!!! ‘couse i’m doing somekind of presentatin (or what was it in english?) abaut it :)

  2. Niagara falls actually is three separate waterfalls. The American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls “fall” off the side of Niagara Falls, NY (a city near Buffalo, NY). The Horseshoe Falls “fall” 2/3 within Canadian territory in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. The final 1/3 of the Horseshoe Falls technically lie within US territory. If you ever get the chance to see them, take it – they are amazing – and loud. Stay in Canada if you can – you will have a better experience.

  3. You are all nuts besides Katy. She is right, Niagara Falls is about an hour to an hour and a half from Toronto. I have lived in both places before. And it’s not in Buffalo either, that is a totally different city as well.

  4. Not an April Fools’ joke: Finally, to cap off the foolishness, on April 29, 1848, Niagara Falls stopped flowing for 30 hours. This was due to an ice jam further upstream.

  5. ok minkster…. i dont think you live in toronto… ‘coz niagara falls is a different city… it is outside toronto… 3 hrs away from toronto… i know this coz i live in toronto… did that make sense to you? if its in toronto… where is it in toronto then? can u give the direction? i doubt it that you can give me the direction..

  6. Ok..I am a security guard ..and it’s about 2:45am here…I was on one of the sites that the company hasn’t blocked just for kicks and it had a lot of random stupid facts on it and then said that you should research them to see if they are true. One of them was that the falls froze over in 1932. Well, I thought I would do that one…I found that it froze over in 1911…that was the last time it will ever freeze like that. I wish that it would do it again. I wish that I could see it. I know that there is no way though that the entire thing (US and Canada side) could COMPLETLY freeze. It may have froze a lot but to entirely freeze…????

  7. I use to live in buffalo ny some 10 years ago and i came across this picture of the falls and i started to read all these comments and all i could say is are they serious who cares.

  8. i am not trying to be mean but does it really matter? Why can’t we just sit here and look at the picture? Does it really matter what side it is on. You probably don’t even know each other yet here you are fighting. And thank you Smarter then Smartest? for proving your point. I was going to point that out till you did.

  9. I am sorting old family photos. My cousing did his WW2 air crew training in the US and I have a photo that says its of the Niagra Falls frozen. There are people walking on the river. What year was this.

  10. Be sure you can spell before you accuse others of being idiots! The word THEN applies to a specific time – the word THAN should be used in your sentence:
    “…or something better to do with your time THAN argue what side…”
    When you point your finger there are 3 more pointing back at yourself!

  11. I just wanted to say that you guy’s really need to find a day job, hobby or something better to do with your time then argue about what side Niagara Falls is on. Can you spell l o s e r s!!!!!!

  12. you guys are complete idiots. i live in Niagara falls and it is an hours drive to toronto. therefore, the falls are not in toronto

  13. sorry joel but the horseshoe falls are mostly in canada, which means that part of it still lies within US territory, sharing a connected point to goad island, NY. Seeing that it’s considered a bridge between the 2 countries makes it obvious. It’s mostly in canadian territory but some of it still lies within US territories. Your trying to prove a detail by using generalized statements.

    So please try to understand the documents you reference before you actually shove them into people’s faces and offer them as proof.

  14. For the person who said the falls are in Toronto is just silly. Niagara Falls is it’s own city and the falls is considered on both US and CAN side. The view is much better on CAN than US side which is why there is far more commercialization on CAN side.

  15. niagara falls is nowhere near toronto and the falls itself is on the US side. It is considered ot be in canada because it is better viewing on the canadian side.

  16. This is NOT a fake… The Water has NOT frozen, and still runs UNDER the ice… It’s called the ICE BRIDGE. You can see the 3 or 4 small waterfall-lettes springing out of the ice… Due to technologies implemented for power etc (and maybe global warming too!) the ICE BRIDGE (above or below the falls) rarely occurs these days…

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