Blondin across Niagara Falls (1859)


SOURCE FOR THIS PICTURE: England in Particular

There is this extraordinary, almost forgotten incident related to Blondin’s famous feat: on August 17, 1859, as he walked the rope over the roaring waters of Niagara Falls, Blondin was carrying on his shoulders a man by the name of Henry M. Colcord; at one point the man had to get off Blondin’s back, in order to get some rest! You can read about Henry’s goosebumping ride in an old Chicago Times-Herald clip reproduced here

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